His interest in conceptual art is expressed by his vision of reality as a construct of the mind and art as a key system in conceptualization.
His series of 1979-80, This Attempting to be That, is an investigation of signifiers and signifieds and their variations according to the context.
The series is constituted by 12 sheets containing a lining up of transfer trees (the ones used by the architects at the time for their elevation drawings) above the same repeated reproduction of Heysen’s Summer.
As stated by this essay on NGV: “There is little elan or intrinsic expressiveness in such techniques; rather the result is diagrammatic, dry, creating a taxonomy of art methods.”
Images via: NGA.
Via: Jardin Utopique.