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Robert Therrien

April 6–May 26, 2017
West 24th Street, New York

Installation view Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Robert Therrien, photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Robert Therrien, photo by Rob McKeever

Installation view Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Installation view

Artwork © Robert Therrien. Photo: Rob McKeever

Works Exhibited

Robert Therrien, No title (paneled room), 2017 Wood and mixed media, 129 ¾ × 186 ⅝ × 139 ⅛ inches (329.6 × 474 × 353.4 cm)© Robert Therrien. Photo: Joshua White

Robert Therrien, No title (paneled room), 2017

Wood and mixed media, 129 ¾ × 186 ⅝ × 139 ⅛ inches (329.6 × 474 × 353.4 cm)
© Robert Therrien. Photo: Joshua White

Robert Therrien, No title (paneled room), 2017 (detail) Wood and mixed media, 129 ¾ × 186 ⅝ × 139 ⅛ inches (329.6 × 474 × 353.4 cm)© Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien, No title (paneled room), 2017 (detail)

Wood and mixed media, 129 ¾ × 186 ⅝ × 139 ⅛ inches (329.6 × 474 × 353.4 cm)
© Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien, No title (paneled room), 2017 (detail) Wood and mixed media, 129 ¾ × 186 ⅝ × 139 ⅛ inches (329.6 × 474 × 353.4 cm)© Robert Therrien. Photo: Joshua White

Robert Therrien, No title (paneled room), 2017 (detail)

Wood and mixed media, 129 ¾ × 186 ⅝ × 139 ⅛ inches (329.6 × 474 × 353.4 cm)
© Robert Therrien. Photo: Joshua White

Robert Therrien, No title (room, panic doors), 2013–14 Wood, brass, fluorescent light fixture, and mixed media, 121 × 107 ¼ × 204 inches (307.3 × 272.4 × 518.2 cm)© Robert Therrien. Photo: Brian Fitzsimmons

Robert Therrien, No title (room, panic doors), 2013–14

Wood, brass, fluorescent light fixture, and mixed media, 121 × 107 ¼ × 204 inches (307.3 × 272.4 × 518.2 cm)
© Robert Therrien. Photo: Brian Fitzsimmons

Robert Therrien, Transparent Room, 2010 Steel, glass, plastic, 145 × 108 × 156 inches (368.3 × 274.3 × 396.2 cm)© Robert Therrien. Photo: Jens Ziehe/Photographie

Robert Therrien, Transparent Room, 2010

Steel, glass, plastic, 145 × 108 × 156 inches (368.3 × 274.3 × 396.2 cm)
© Robert Therrien. Photo: Jens Ziehe/Photographie

Robert Therrien, Transparent Room, 2010 (detail) Steel, glass, and plastic, 145 × 108 × 156 inches (368.3 × 274.3 × 396.2 cm)© Robert Therrien. Photo: Jens Ziehe/Photographie

Robert Therrien, Transparent Room, 2010 (detail)

Steel, glass, and plastic, 145 × 108 × 156 inches (368.3 × 274.3 × 396.2 cm)
© Robert Therrien. Photo: Jens Ziehe/Photographie

About

Gagosian is pleased to present new sculptures and selected works on paper by Robert Therrien. In this exhibition—Therrien’s first in New York in ten years—are three free-standing rooms.

In his investigations of form, perception, and subjectivity, Therrien isolates elements and objects from domestic or daily life, detaching them from their known functions. Time and again, his work—which includes towering stacks of plates and massive tables and chairs—demonstrates the transformative power of scale and viewpoint. Sculptures in the current exhibition include highly polished, oversize drops, a large tied bow, and a flagpole, which, although recognizable, is constructed illusionistically according to aerial perspective.

Through shifts in perspective and scale, Therrien renders ordinary experience uncanny. This effect is demonstrated in his constructions of interior spaces, such as Red Room (2000–07), which holds some nine hundred red objects in a closet-sized space (now in the Tate Collection, London). Transparent Room (2010) contains a bed, clothing, a mirror, parts of a chandelier, packing materials, and more—the greenhouse-like structure and its contents all rendered totally transparent in glass and plastic. In the manner of set design, some of the contained objects are found, others made. The frosted nineteenth-century factory windows create the potential for apparitions; ordinary objects thus coalesce into a fragile, ghostly environment that is also a sculptural portrait.

Despite their verisimilitude, Therrien’s rooms impede the viewer’s ability to engage with space in any comfortable way. Meticulously assembled features of common industrial design allow one to stand in front of architectural vistas. Elevated above ground level and cut away to show interiors that, like dioramas, become impenetrable replicas of reality, each is like a mise-en-scène or readymade. No title (room, panic doors) (2013–14) presents a set of doors in a room filled with fluorescent light. In No title (paneled room) (2017), tambourines rest silently on the floor of a room luxuriously paneled in hardwood, and a ladder leads to a trapdoor in the ceiling. Each room transports the viewer out of the gallery and into a new narrative situation, prompting connections between material details and their subconscious associations. By making use of everyday things that are often overlooked, Therrien situates the viewer in familiar territory, then allows the objects to demand reassessment as instruments of subjectivity and of consciousness itself.