Robert Therrien

No Title (Large Red Brick Drawing) (2003)

About this artwork

This work comprises a fragment of found paper, printed to look like a wall of red bricks. The strategy of creating a drawing from found material suggests the influence of both Marcel Duchamp and Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque’s cubist still life collages in which they used paper printed to replicate wood-grain to represent wooden objects. The paper that Therrien uses is similar to the type found in children’s dollhouses, yet placed within a frame, the paper is transformed into an abstract composition.

  • title: No Title (Large Red Brick Drawing)
  • accession number: AR00169
  • artist: Robert TherrienAmerican (born 1947)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Embossed paper in frame
  • date created: 2003
  • measurements: 60.60 x 70.00 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
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.