Live in Your Head was conceived specifically in response to the Davies Street gallery space, with its wide plate glass window giving on to a busy Mayfair thoroughfare. The installation will be visible from the street, its components arranged like objects in a Joseph Cornell box. It also recalls a sixteenth-century Wunderkammer, or cabinet of curiosity—a collection of specimens, relics, and other marvels that was displayed as a microcosm of its owner’s knowledge and experience. Artschwager studied science and mathematics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York before and after serving as an intelligence officer in the Second World War. In making art, he revealed an empirical fascination with artifacts both extraordinary and banal, deriving surreal results from everyday sources, whether through shifts in scale or transpositions of forms from one material to another.
Associated with many genres but cleaving to none, Artschwager’s art has been variously described as Pop, due to its derivation from utilitarian objects and its incorporation of commercial and industrial materials; Minimal, owing to its geometric forms and solid presence; and Conceptual, because of its cerebral detachment. Focusing on the structures of perception, and conflating the visual world of images (painting) with the tactile world of objects (sculpture), his inspirations and points of departure range from counterintelligence to cabinetry.
Richard Artschwager was born in 1923 in Washington, DC, and died in 2013 in Albany, New York.
LIVE IN YOUR HEAD: Richard Artschwager’s Cabinet of Curiosities
Exhibition Dates: January 17 – March 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 6pm – 8pm
17–19 Davies Street