In 2009 I was commissioned to do a series of 12 paintings for an exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. As the Paintings About Art had focussed on art in a context, usually architecture, this was a chance to focus on the architecture. The museum had a personal connection to me. As a child, I had been had taken to see exhibitions by my aunt. I had attended the School of Art and Design of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from 1972 to 1975. During the summer of 1973 I worked for the museum, moving art as they prepared for an expansion of the original building.
I am interested in how the edifice of an institution has now become a “work of art”, from the de Young Museum to the Guggenheim, Bilbao to the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The paintings were then hung throughout the museum creating a dialog with the actual space and activating transitional passages connecting the different pavilions. During this period I also made a series of ink wash drawings of the museum, Outer Space.