No Title (Table and Four Chairs) (2003)
About this artwork
‘No Title (Table and Four Chairs)’ forces us to reconsider our relationship to mundane domestic objects. The work exactly replicates an early twentieth-century furniture set produced by the American manufacturers Gunlocke. However, its colossal scale displaces the audience from their usual position above the tabletop, allowing them to navigate through a surreal forest of table and chair legs where usually unseen structural details are now magnified. Calling to mind the experience of fictional protagonists such as Alice in Wonderland and the Lilliputians in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, the sculpture transforms a usually common encounter into an alien and extraordinary experience.
- title: No Title (Table and Four Chairs)
- accession number: AR00166
- artist: Robert TherrienAmerican (born 1947)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Sculpture
- materials: Aluminium, steel, wood and plastic
- date created: 2003
- measurements: Table: 269.00 x 468.50 x 362.00 cm; chairs each: 286.00 x 143.00 x 173.00 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © 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.