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Mark Wallinger


The Union Jack is reworked in Wallinger's Oxymoron piece, no longer does the typical Red White and Blue flutter in the wind, it is replaced by the orange, green and white of the Irish tricolour. The gag rests squarely on the fact that orange is the secondary colour that stands in opposition to primary blue, and green is the secondary colour that stands in opposite to primary red. The simplicity of this evocative image is that those colourful facts turns what could be mistaken for a crude comment on world boundaries into a powerfully disinterested and witty observation.