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A New Installation by Robert Therrien

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Robert Therrien (American, born 1947). Table and Six Chairs, 2003. Painted metal, 117 x 312 x 216 inches (297.2 x 792.5 x 548.6 cm). Collection Glenn Fuhrman. Installation view, atrium at 590 Madison Avenue, New York, New York. Photograph by Tom Powel Imaging. Courtesy Public Art Fund, New York.

Los Angeles-based artist Robert Therrien has been making sculpture for more than three decades, transforming ordinary objects and forms into extraordinary works of art. More than simply an enlarged replica, this work of art combines the abstract sculptural forms of the furniture with the novelty and magic of experiencing these everyday objects from a new perspective.

This work was inspired by a series of black-and-white Polaroid photographs the artist made of the underside of his kitchen table, which captured the mix of vertical and horizontal lines formed by the various surfaces, legs, and rungs of the furniture. Therrien enlarged the original object to reproduce the dramatic perspectives captured in the photos, creating a new and unexpected way of seeing these familiar forms.