Karmelo Bermejo, ‘Blank’, 2012-2013, Carroll / Fletcher

The monochromatic illusion disappears in "Blank" (Virgin). The title alludes to the piece’s resemblance with an untouched canvas. Blank is a white monochrome built by craftsmen, using hundreds of layers of oil paint to get the shape of a readymade canvas. The fact that each layer is monochrome makes the work an authentic monochrome, unlike those made by the traditional method of applying color to the fabric’s surface. Its authenticity as a monochrome carries its falsity as a canvas. The fabric, framework, and staples are all made of solid white oil paint. Blank is the trompe-l’oeil of a readymade. "Blank" is also a trompe-l’oeil of the absence of paint, simulated by paint.

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