Robert Therrien

No Title (Scrubbrush Panel) (1997)

About this artwork

Throughout his career photography has provided Therrien with the means to experiment with scale and spatial depth. In this picture the artist has enlarged the image of a scrubbing brush and overlaid white chalk lines and patches of dark colour, causing the object to project outwards into the viewer’s space. Having also reproduced scrubbing brushes in sculptural form in varying scales, Therrien draws interesting parallels between sculpture and photography, where both can be used to manipulate and alter everyday objects to extraordinary effect.

  • title: No Title (Scrubbrush Panel)
  • accession number: AR00168
  • artist: Robert TherrienAmerican (born 1947)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 1997
  • measurements: 120.90 x 161.00 x 6.50 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
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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.