slapshot expressionism

Boards Meeting: “Puck Painting XV: Montreal Maroons” is a 2001 work rendered by Hamilton, Ontario, artist Liss Platt in puck rubber and paint on wood. It featured in the 2019 exhibition Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Windsor. “A long-time hockey player and artists who combines the speed, power, and gendered histories of hockey in her painting and performance art practices,” the legend on the piece narrated there. Platt’s method here: she painted pucks and shot them at a white goal-sized surface. From Platt’s website (you can find it here): “The puck rubber leaves different marks based on the speed and angle of the shot, and compositions are determined by building up the density of shots in particular areas of the painting’s surface. These works represent my foray into ‘action painting’ and beg the question “what ‘action’ is appropriate as an ‘art’ action?” The puck paintings are often created as a performance with audience participation.”

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