Robert Therrien

No Title (Stacked Plates) (2010)

About this artwork

Plates are an important motif in Therrien’s practice. This work is one of a series of stacked plate sculptures the artist has made which vary in medium, size and colour. Here, Therrien has created a vast tower of twenty oversized plastic soup dishes that tilt at precarious angles. The simple utilitarian plate design is modelled on a type of mass-produced kitchenware popular in the early to mid-twentieth century in the roadside diners that appeared with the increasing use of cars in the United States at that time.

  • title: No Title (Stacked Plates)
  • accession number: AR01127
  • artist: Robert TherrienAmerican (born 1947)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Sculpture
  • date created: 2010
  • measurements: 239.00 x 137.00 x 137.00 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS Presented by the artist jointly to National Galleries of Scotland and Tate and acquired with assistance of the ARTIST ROOMS Endowment, supported by the Henry Moore Foundation 2011
  • copyright: © Robert Therrien
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien

The American artist Therrien is renowned for his large-scale sculpture installations of common objects that subvert the viewers’ notion of the familiar, and encourage them to reconsider their perception of space. His early works were based on instantly identifiable motifs, which were simplified and reproduced as monochromatic reliefs - suspended somewhere between painting and sculpture. In the early 1990s he began to explore the viewer’s relationship with scale. With his recreations of tables and chairs large enough to walk under, Therrien transports the viewer into a fantastical, but slightly unsettling, parallel universe. Born in Chicago, he studied at the University of Southern California and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.