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Eric Cameron: Object Lessons

An Online Supplement to the Winter 2010–11 Print Edition of Canadian Art
Eric Cameron <i>Lettuce (1076)</i> 1979–ongoing  Courtesy TrépanierBaer Gallery / photo Eric Cameron, November 26, 1979 Eric Cameron Lettuce (1076) 1979–ongoing Courtesy TrépanierBaer Gallery / photo Eric Cameron, November 26, 1979

Eric Cameron <i>Lettuce (1076)</i> 1979–ongoing Courtesy TrépanierBaer Gallery / photo Eric Cameron, November 26, 1979

A head of lettuce, a book of sonnets, a shoe and an egg are among the objects methodically transformed by veteran Calgary artist Eric Cameron in his ongoing series of sculptural Thick Paintings. In the Winter 2010–11 magazine feature “Thick as a Brick: The Endless Art of Eric Cameron,” writer Gary Michael Dault takes a measure of Cameron’s process-heavy test of form and formlessness, which, since 1979, has focused on the daily accumulation of a single, surface treatment of gesso applied to his source objects (the total number of layers is noted in brackets after the title of each work). Here, a selection of five bonus images from Cameron’s Thick Paintings testifies to what Dault calls “the epic route to their continuing unfinishedness.”

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This article was first published online on December 9, 2010.

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