Q&A with Doug Argue and PIERMARQ* director Justin Callanan

Sydney Contemporary Artist Talk: Doug Argue

A Q&A with Doug Argue and PIERMARQ* director Justin Callanan

Friday 13th September, 7:30pm

Sydney Contemporary

PIERMARQ* booth A13

Carriageworks, Redfern


Celebrated New York-based artist Doug Argue (b. 1962, Minnesota, USA) and  PIERMARQ* director Justin Callanan will discuss Argue’s ongoing ‘Palimpsest’ series. They will focus primarily on the major piece, Footfalls Echo In Memory, a visually and conceptually layered appropriation of Picasso’s iconic La Demoiselle D’Avignon.  


Originally referencing third century manuscripts that were overwritten by Christian monks several centuries later, a palimpsest is a piece of text on which later writing has been superimposed on effaced earlier writing. Argue will discuss his use of this concept as a metaphorical device to represent the universe in a constant state of flux, where the past, present and future overlap. The appropriation of recognizable imagery and literature are used as cultural and historical anchor-points, the contexts of which allow Argue to explore notions of quantum physics in a decidedly human manner.   


Amongst other major pieces in his extensive oeuvre, Argue and Callanan will discuss ‘Genesis’, three large-scale paintings commissioned for the lobby of One World Trade Center.


“there are many different histories in the world, and we often see things in the current moment, yet have no idea what lies beneath. One language is always turning into another, one generation is always rising and another falling, there is no still moment. I am trying to express this flux-this constant shifting of one thing over another, like a veil over the moment itself.”   -Doug Argue


Doug Argue has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions internationally, spanning four decades. His works are held in major public, private, and corporate collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, One World Trade Center, and the Weisman Art Museum. In the 2015 Venice Biennale the non-profit Save Venice Inc. presented Scattered Rhymes, a series of four monumental paintings by Argue.

25 August 2019