Hard Cover, English, Thread Stiching, 89 Pages, 2015, ISBN 978-88-97503-62-0
Tableau, Table, Tavolo
Charles Mayton interrogates the techniques, vocabulary and conventions of painting, exploring the essence of the table. The table is both the space for representation and the working table, but also the dining table where convivial exchange between artists takes place and the support on which painting is consumed.
Starting from the linguistic triangulation tableau, table, and tavolo, Mayton’s work recalls Leo Steinberg’s concept of ‘flatbed’, a “change within painting that changed the relationship between artist and image, image and viewer.” Tables are receptor surfaces on which objects are scattered, data is entered, on which information may be received.