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Mixed Media, 1990
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 68
H 137cm x W 170cm
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Toni Clayton, American Pop & Modern Specialist
Reflections On Conversation from 1990 belongs to Roy Lichtenstein’s Reflections series. The sequence takes the artist’s popular designs and disrupts them by seemingly depicting them through a glass lens. As opposed to a simple concept of ‘theme and variation’, the Reflections series also plays with Lichtenstein’s favoured ideas of light and reflection.
The partly hidden images in this sequence are altered and obscured by fractions of stylised glass, pushing them to the point of abstraction. The subjects are glimpsed between the sharp mirrored shapes that break and refract the surface of the image. The figures themselves are recognisable from some of Lichtenstein’s most iconic artworks, and each of the Reflections prints references one of the artist’s signature motifs.
In Reflections On Conversation, Lichtenstein’s blonde heroine and a male face appear behind an imposing streak that severs the composition. The harsh lines cutting across the canvas result in the layered effect of various pictorial planes, creating a deceptive sense of depth. The narrative is interrupted, their ‘conversation’ physically blocked by the band of colour. The beholder is meant to decipher the fragmented subject beneath. The print-style use of mechanised colour gradation is contrasted with a bold pattern, expanses of block colour, and isolated patches of figurative design.