Bound to Love and Cherish
© Adrian Wiszniewski

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Bound to Love and Cherish 1984
  • Scottish Art
Wiszniewski’s inspiration is eclectic and he draws on a variety of sources ranging from the Old Masters to Surrealism, Modernism and Conceptualism. He is interested in artists such as Jasper Johns and Bruce Nauman, who shared a fascination in the relationship between text and image. ‘Bound to Love and Cherish’ is an extremely large charcoal drawing that is a direct response to Nauman’s ‘Henry Moore: Bound to Fail’, from 1967-70, which shows the back of a torso, tied up. In his drawing, Wiszniewski depicts a figure tied up in a similar way, but has introduced a note of romance, through the title and another figure reclining on a chaise-long within a candlelit room. Both artists have played with the semantics of the word ‘bound’ as meaning both ‘tied’ and ‘destiny’ or ‘likely’.

Glossary Open

Conceptual art

Art in which the idea takes precedence over its manifestation in visual form. It emerged in the 1960s and was often concerned with the nature of art and the use of language.

Modernism

A general term used to describe the various movements in art from the late 19th century to the 1960s, encompassing a broad range of styles.

Old Master

Term used to denote painters from the Renaissance until 1800, or their works.

Surrealism

A literary and artistic movement founded by the poet André Breton in 1924. Many of the associated artists, such as Max Ernst and Jean Arp, had previously been involved with Dadaism. The movement sought to challenge conventions through the exploration of the subconscious mind, invoking the power of dreams and elements of chance. Cultural hierarchies were challenged by the combination of diverse elements in collages and sculptural assemblages. The movement is also notable for the collaborations between artists and writers evident in the Surrealists' many publications.

Conceptual art, Modernism, Old Master, Surrealism

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 3043
  • Medium Charcoal on paper
  • Size 201.00 x 287.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1987