Author: Marina Warner Publisher: Thames & Hudson Year: 1993 ISBN: 9780500277430 Softcover, 128 pages, English Condition: very good
Richard Wentworth is one of the generation of younger, internationally acclaimed British sculptors who have fundamentally altered traditional definitions and perceptions of sculpture. His work allows us to recreate our perception of the world by forcing us to reappraise the objects with which we are surrounded. He has said I live in a ready-made landscape, and I want to put it to work , and he takes manufactured objects and re-presents them, stretching affinities and creating fresh unions. The object and our perception of it are thus fundamentally reconceived. The everyday items and substances that form Wentworth's raw material - buckets, ladders, light bulbs, tins, corks, chalk, tar - preserve their humble integrity whilst being endowed with new and broader significance - tantalizing, enigmatic, amusing, eloquent. Imaginative play, 'pretend', is at the heart of his aesthetic, nagging at the limits of language. Wentworth often dubs his pieces with paradoxical titles that undercut the relation between sign and signified. Beachcombing amongst the flotsam of consumerism, he questions the hierarchies of high and low art, precious and useful , in a way that recalls Duchamp and Beuys but also Jacques Tati and other lovers of the incongruities and textures of common things. In her text, Marina Warner elucidates his work and provides both insight and a critical context for his intriguing investigations.
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