Dark Landscape


David Musgrave ( British, 1973 )

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General Description

David Musgrave's illusionistic drawings test the viewer's assumptions of reality. The work's title leads us to discern mountains, craters, or a horizon from pencil markings that create the semblance of wrinkles and dents on a gray "sheet" of paper. Featured at the bottom right are what appear to be rudimentary depictions of a stick figure and an airplane seemingly imprinted into the sheet. Musgrave often employs these figures in his work as a nod to the human impulse to detect familiar forms from the most basic of lines and shapes.

Adapted from

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018, 158.