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Love Mansion is comprised of nine 16" x 20" colour prints designed to be arranged in a tic-tac-toe grid to form one large single artwork, with a pendant ‘didactic panel’. The edition of eight portfolios, each stored in a lacquer-red archival box, was published in 1998.
Love Mansion is based on the social and architectural history of an ocean front house in Santa Monica, California. This house, the ‘love mansion’ of the title, was originally built by silent screen star Norma Talmadge in the late 1920s. The house was subsequently the home of various famous people,
including Irving Berlin, Howard Hughes, Grace Kelly, and finally, Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski. The intriguing history of the building is referenced in Love Mansion through a variety of interwoven strategies. The nine images that constitute the main body of the work were constructed by double exposing mysterious interior views of the house with X’s and O’s, ambiguous liquid blobs, and polyhedral dice. David Askevold, winner of the 1996 Chalmers Award, lived in Halifax and Los Angeles until 2008.