Tom Burr. Propped Perfume, 2008. Plywood, paint, steel hinges, steel thumbtacks, vintage magazine ads, feather boa, steel cable. Collection of Barbara and Howard Morse, New York.
For this work, Tom Burr began with a simple geometric shape, a nod to minimalism’s basic forms, and then embellished it with a number of appropriated images. His formal inquiry into the medium of sculpture is entwined with character development and questions about site-specificity. His sculptures pose, vamp, and slouch. They wear feather boas and recline with magazines, suggesting both stage sets and the functional spaces those sets approximate. Burr’s humor is not a cynical response to the solemnity or “neutrality” of earlier modes of artistic production. Rather, his efforts are deployed as barometers for cultural signification and desire: to measure the effects of certain formal choices and to provide a ready platform for our own projections and mores.
Now open: Pace Gallery is pleased to present Kiki Smith: Wonder, an exhibition of works that explore natural and spiritual worlds. Come by our 510 West 25th Street location in Chelsea to visit. This exhibition will be on view through March 29th.
"I’ve always rejected being understood. To be understood is to prostitute oneself. I prefer to be taken seriously for what I’m not, remaining humanly unknown, with naturalness and all due respect." —Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet