on a clear day is a large, precisely manufactured and prominently displayed sign, but its suggested clarity is frustrated by the manner in which the cut-out letters are truncated. I am curious about the potential for misinterpretation, both in reference to the film titles* and in the formal presentation of the phrase, which obscures an easy read, in contrast to the clarity the everyday phrase evokes. This large rendition of a smaller editioned version was produced for the Toronto Now space of the Art Gallery of Ontario, as a response to the storefront features.
*Vincente Minnelli ‘On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever’ 1970
**Gaby Dellal ‘On a Clear Day’ 2005
on a clear day (maquette), steel, four panels, shelf, 9”x12”x.0375”, 2010
Agnes Martin produced a portfolio of 30 prints in 1973 of the same title, with the signature grids of her earlier art.
Toronto Now, Art Gallery of Ontario, curator Michelle Jacques
on a clear day, 2010
Materials: aluminum, car paint, four panels, 28” x 96”, 19” x 96”, 60” x 96”, 38” x 96”