From the series, Air: 24 Hours
16 7/8 in. x 16 3/4 in. (42.86 cm x 42.55 cm)
Medium and Support:
Color etching on handmade paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase and Gift of Fred and Ellie Ernst
The print series in the MMFA collection, titled Air: 24 Hours, consists of three color etchings: 5 A.M., 5 P.M., and 6 P.M. Bartlett created a series of 24 paintings by the same name in 1991 and 1992, one for each hour of the day. The three prints in the MMFA series recreate the paintings of the same names in all but the choice and number of colors used. Bartlett began the cycle of paintings by taking snapshots of her house and garden, then choosing a picture to represent each hour of the day. The final paintings, however, are only loosely based on the original photograph.
The 60 x 60 grid Bartlett used as a basis for her paintings represents the minutes and seconds in each hour. In some canvases, this underlying grid is an important component of the work while in others it is barely visible. In each painting, two smaller grids also appear representing a minute divided into seconds, and 6 minutes worth of seconds painted in plaid. Further emphasizing the importance of time in these works, a clock is included in every painting indicating the hour given in the title. Finally, each painting contains a plain colored square which represents the base colors used for each composition.