Peto’s Racks

John F. Peto‘s money paintings, rack paintings, and their variant patch paintings share a very shallow spatial range. The depicted space rarely appears more than an inch or two deep, with the extreme approaching the thickness of a single dollar bill or a tinytype. As Frankenstein points out, this permits the tromp l’oeil its maximum effectiveness, since the visual effect of parallax does not interfere with the perception of the surface as real. –Johanna Drucker. Harnett, Haberle, and Peto: Visuality and Artifice among the Proto-Modern Americans.

Mel Bochner: Perspective, Insert (Two in One), 1967

Josephine Halvorson: Peeling Panel, 2009


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