“Therrien’s use of the familiar and domestic creates a tangible narrative of childhood memories and provided the vocabulary that shaped his immersive sculptures”
Released on the occasion of a solo exhibition of Robert Therrien’s earlier works at Parasol unit, London, 2016. There are three insightful essays by London-based writer, poet, art critic and magazine editor Michael Glover; poet, critic, editor and professor John Yau; and Dr. Ziba Ardalan, director and curator of Parasol unit, London. The hand-numbered publication has a limited run of 500 copies.
The show marked a significant contribution to art history at a crucial period within the artist’s oeuvre.
Robert Therrien’s earlier works interact with some of the vital art movements of the late twentieth century, including Minimalism, Pop Art and Conceptualism. Taking his inspiration from everyday things – a water pitcher, a hat, a snowman, a cloud, for example – he simplifies their form and manipulates the scale of his then idealised motifs, which recur in various forms in his immaculately resolved works. Therrien’s use of the familiar and domestic creates a tangible narrative of childhood memories within his early oeuvre and has provided the vocabulary that has shaped the renowned and immersive sculptures of his later work.