Deborah Oropallo on Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp, Network of Stoppages, 1914, oil and pencil on canvas, 58 5/8 x 7
Marcel Duchamp, Network of Stoppages, 1914, oil and pencil on canvas, 58 5/8 x 78 inches (Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Deborah Oropallo reflects on Marcel Duchamp's Network of Stoppages (1914) in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Oropallo remarks that it "was the first painting I had ever seen that wasn’t based on representation, abstraction or observation. It was the very first conceptual painting I had ever encountered, and it engaged an entirely different thought process that I had never considered before but felt immediately drawn to. His process involved a more systematic approach to painting yet with an element of chance and irreverence to it... I always look for ways to make the process itself more random, less destination and more encounter: the chance Duchamp spoke of. The element of surprise, like a magician’s puff of smoke, is a great thing in art and I love it every time I feel it."