Art of the Day: Richard Artschwager, “Desert Growth”, 2005

  January 19th, 2011

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       Richard Artschwager, Desert Growth, 2005, acrylic, pastel, fiber panel


I really love the texture here. I like imagining sand aggregating, slyly & susurrant, to form these bread-like structures, these loaves and slabs. Rough granite rasp you can almost touch. Artschwager’s own frame apparently, which I always appreciate, and which here gives lovely weight & counterpoint to the sunbleached & eroded textures. Below is a poem I stumbled across recently and loved, and which for many reasons felt like belonged with this painting.


More of Artschwager’s art at Gagosian gallery
More of Juan Felipe Hererra’s art and poetry here

[posted by C Way at 7:48 PM]


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