‘Pictures of Nothing’ takes its name from the late Kirk Varnedoe’s eponymous 2006 book, examining the legacy of the abstract form after Pollock. While Varnedoe’s book is explicitly Western-centric, we share with him an opposition to formalism as a pure form; instead we read the abstract in art as an ‘evolving sign system’ that acquires meaning from its social context. This sign system is a multi-sourced, pluralistic and dynamic mechanism able to incorporate a multitude of beginnings.
‘Pictures of Nothing’ is primarily an attempt to live in a world without pictures, or, where representation is depleted and how we respond to this condition. We learn from Varnedoe’s book that abstraction is also a search for a temporary degree of meaninglessness; in order to reveal the essential.