Image: Richard Tuttle, Systems, VIII-XII (Installation View), Courtesy Pace Gallery
Richard Tuttle’s series of “Systems” sculptures is an ongoing project, an attempt at expanding the physical scope of Tuttle’s past sculptural works, while striving to maintain a sense of intimacy throughout. Assembled out of wood, cloth, metal, wool and Styrofoam, Tuttle’s sculptures constantly play with the familiarity of the subject matter, tweaking familiar shapes and textures with flourishes of the surreal to create a startlingly fresh visual language.
Now, Tuttle is presenting his most recent set of sculptures, “Systems VIII-XII” at the Pace Gallery in New York City. Compiled throughout several rooms, the five “systems” produce a varied selection of environmental sculptures, experimenting with the interrelation of objects and the ability of these pairings to create a new space within the context of the gallery. By changing the way space functions between pieces, Tuttle disembodies sculpture from a straightforward reading of a single three-dimensional work.
Tuttle has also written a series of poems for all twelve systemic works, which he also is exhibiting at Pace. Creating a more elaborate series of inter-textual interactions, Tuttle’s verses create his own iconic reading of the works at hand, and serve to further submerge the works in their own experiments with both real and imagined space.
Walking the line between the conventional and the surreal, Richard Tuttle’s sculptures create intriguing dialogues with the society at large, underlining our own set of relational criteria, all while experimenting with the conceptions and understandings of space.
“Systems, VIII-XII” is on view through October 13th, 2012.