Ricky Swallow ( Australian, 1974 )
Plate 40 belongs to a series by Ricky Swallow of corrugated cardboard pieces cast in bronze. Swallow began working with cardboard in 2008 as a readily available, easily manipulated material that, once cast, shares a capacity for two-and three-dimensional form. The corrugation of the cardboard is evident in the ridges that span the surface, which has been punctured from both sides to create holes that are simultaneously raised and recessed. While similar in aesthetic to Lucio Fontana’s pierced canvases, for Swallow, the work demonstrates a contrast between the ephemeral quality of the cardboard and the enduring material of bronze, as well as the distinction between what are perceived to be cheap and expensive materials.
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, 178.