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Robert Therrien

May 9–June 14, 2008
West 24th Street, New York

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien

Installation view, photo by Robert McKeever

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Works Exhibited

Robert Therrien, No Title (folding table and chairs, dark brown), 2007 Painted metal and fabric, Table: 96 × 120 × 120 inches (243.8 × 304.8 × 304.8 cm), Four chairs: 104 × 64 × 72 inches each (264.2 × 162.6 × 182.9 cm)Photo by Joshua White

Robert Therrien, No Title (folding table and chairs, dark brown), 2007

Painted metal and fabric, Table: 96 × 120 × 120 inches (243.8 × 304.8 × 304.8 cm), Four chairs: 104 × 64 × 72 inches each (264.2 × 162.6 × 182.9 cm)
Photo by Joshua White

Robert Therrien, No title (red room), 2000–07 Mixed media (approx. 888 red objects housed in a closet with doors), 96 × 77 × 105 inches overall (243.8 × 195.6 × 266.7 cm)Photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien, No title (red room), 2000–07

Mixed media (approx. 888 red objects housed in a closet with doors), 96 × 77 × 105 inches overall (243.8 × 195.6 × 266.7 cm)
Photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien, No title (red room), 2000–07 Mixed media (approx. 888 red objects housed in a closet with doors), 96 × 77 × 105 inches overall (243.8 × 195.6 × 266.7 cm)

Robert Therrien, No title (red room), 2000–07

Mixed media (approx. 888 red objects housed in a closet with doors), 96 × 77 × 105 inches overall (243.8 × 195.6 × 266.7 cm)

Robert Therrien, No title (red room), 2000–07 Mixed media (approx. 888 red objects housed in a closet with doors), 96 × 77 × 105 inches overall (243.8 × 195.6 × 266.7 cm)Photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien, No title (red room), 2000–07

Mixed media (approx. 888 red objects housed in a closet with doors), 96 × 77 × 105 inches overall (243.8 × 195.6 × 266.7 cm)
Photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien, No title (red room), 2000–07 Mixed media (approx. 888 red objects housed in a closet with doors), 96 × 77 × 105 inches overall (243.8 × 195.6 × 266.7 cm)Photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien, No title (red room), 2000–07

Mixed media (approx. 888 red objects housed in a closet with doors), 96 × 77 × 105 inches overall (243.8 × 195.6 × 266.7 cm)
Photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien, No title (disc cart II), 2006–08 Cart: stainless steel with plastic; Discs: steel with enamel and silkscreen on mounted paper with ink or graphite, 24 ¾ × 24 ¾ × 3 inches (62.8 × 62.8 × 7.6 cm)Photo by Joshua White

Robert Therrien, No title (disc cart II), 2006–08

Cart: stainless steel with plastic; Discs: steel with enamel and silkscreen on mounted paper with ink or graphite, 24 ¾ × 24 ¾ × 3 inches (62.8 × 62.8 × 7.6 cm)
Photo by Joshua White

Robert Therrien, No title (pots + pans cart), 1999–2008 Steel, stainless steel, plastic, cast iron and glass ceramic, 86 × 42 × 35 inches overall (218.4 × 106.7 × 88.9 cm)

Robert Therrien, No title (pots + pans cart), 1999–2008

Steel, stainless steel, plastic, cast iron and glass ceramic, 86 × 42 × 35 inches overall (218.4 × 106.7 × 88.9 cm)

Robert Therrien, No title (pots and pans II), 2008 Metal and plastic, 108 × 66 × 80 inches (274.3 × 167.6 × 203.2 cm)Photo by Robert McKeever

Robert Therrien, No title (pots and pans II), 2008

Metal and plastic, 108 × 66 × 80 inches (274.3 × 167.6 × 203.2 cm)
Photo by Robert McKeever

About

Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent sculpture by Robert Therrien.

Therrien is known as an object maker who transforms elements from everyday life into works of art that evoke mythic archetypes. Working both two- and three-dimensionally, he has created a deceptively simple oeuvre that lends itself to psychological interpretation with its evident fascination with childhood, its anxieties and fantasies. While his mentors would seem to include a generation of Pop artists, his work also attests to the impact of Conceptualism as well as folk culture, cartoons, and everyday objects.

In 1993, Therrien made a significant breakthrough that influenced all his ensuing work. No Title (Yellow Table Leg) presented a dramatic shift from the less representational objects that preceded it. This work and the next — Under the Table (1994), a colossal wooden kitchen table and chair set measuring ten feet by twenty-six feet — marked a new direction for Therrien. He found that by recreating everyday objects true to their original material and color, but on a greatly enlarged scale, the viewer's relationship to them changed dramatically. In the current exhibition there are four gigantic sculptures, each of which relates to the acts of stacking and folding. No Title (Folding Table and Chairs) comprises four sets of card tables and chairs in authentic 'institutional' tones of beige, brown, and green. The monumentality of these objects invites the viewer to walk around and beneath them, altering perspective and experience to render a formerly familiar situation strange. In No Title (Stacked Plates) and No Title (Pots and Pans II), Therrien similarly remakes everyday domestic accoutrements in new and uncannily large proportions, then assembles them into precariously balanced towers standing almost eight feet tall.

No Title (Red Room) (2000-2007) took Therrien seven years to realize, gathering and arranging 888 red objects inside a custom-made closet with Dutch doors. His meticulous assembly of objects both found and made—red shoes, red laces, red lanterns, red sweaters, red bricks, red canisters, and so on—prompts various associations, for example, from the object/group relationship in Matisse's Red Studio (1911), to the total environment of Cildo Meireles' Red Shift (1967-1984), or Louise Bourgeois' The Red Room—Parents (1994) and The Red Room—Child (1994). In Therrien's work, however, the red items are subsumed into the background, the seemingly disparate objects becoming a unified, monochromatic whole.

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