ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Therrien

11 Jul — 26 Sep 2015

The Exchange

Presenting key works by international artists in the far west of Cornwall is a cornerstone of our programme. For our first ARTIST ROOMS project we will exhibit the work of American artist, Robert Therrien.

Born in 1947, Therrien lives and works in Los Angeles and has had major exhibitions throughout the world. His work examines the viewer’s relationship to scale. Often alluding to modest household items, such as a stack of oversized plates or a 2.5m high oil can, Therrien’s works explore the space between reality and the world of dreams, drawing the viewer into the realm of fables and fairytales, childhood games and unfinished narratives.

The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund. The ARTIST ROOMS tour programme, now in its seventh year, is showing at 17 museums and galleries across the UK in 2015. The tour is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and through the continued support of the Art Fund.

As well as the exhibition of key pieces by Therrien, there will be a full programme of associated events and activities. The Story Republic will take up residence in The Engine Room from 27 July for two weeks. Throughout their stay the talented collective of writers, musicians, poets and performers will devise activities and events in response to themes within the exhibition. The Collaborators, the gallery’s informal collective of young artists, will curate a programme of events, Sketch House, throughout August and into September which will tap into Therrien’s propensity to draw out the absurd in the familiar, humour and playfulness, and the evocation of childhood dreams – or even nightmares.

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Image Credits

Robert Therrien
No Title (Stacked Plates)
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
© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014.

Robert Therrien
No Title (Beard Cart)
Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Presented by the artist 2010
© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2014.

Robert Therrien
No Title (Oil Can)
Stainless steel
unconfirmed: 2460 x 530 mm
Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

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