Sidewall, Clearing Fields, 2001
Francesco Simeti’s Clearing Fields is deceptively soothing. Its soft colors and framework of trees and pasture are juxtaposed with images of soldiers at military checkpoints and engaged in mine sweeping. Clearing Fields was commissioned by the museum in 2001 for the Rooms with a View: Landscape and Wallpaper exhibition and hung in the cafe for the duration of the exhibit.
Simeti works entirely on the computer using scanned images from newspapers and magazines, which he then implants into repeating formulas. He is interested in the way that imagery from the news becomes part of the background of our lives, similar to the way that wallpaper is a background for our rooms. Clearing Fields worked as a soothing installation, and also serves as an evocative socio-political commentary. The paper proposed for acquisition would join other work by Simeti already in the museum’s collection.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Francesco Simeti.
Its dimensions are
Overall: 171 x 60.5 cm (5 ft. 7 5/16 in. x 23 13/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Sidewall, Clearing Fields, 2001. digitally printed. Gift of Francesco Simeti. 2002-24-1.