ALEXANDER COLVILLE (1920-2013), CANADIAN
BLACK CAT, 1996
Colour silkscreen signed, dated 1996 and numbered 35/70 in pencil to the margin
Image 14.25 x 14.25 in — 36.2 x 36.2 cm
Private Collection, Calgary, AB
A partially obscured self-portrait and a cat’s apparent disregard for organization are set against mathematically spaced window panes and floor boards in Black Cat (1996), highlighting one of Colville’s favoured themes: order vs. chaos. The triangular ruler, once precisely arranged on the table top, becomes a mere play thing and breaks the ordered composition.