Fergus McCaffrey presents Richard Nonas’ all, at once, his sixth solo exhibition with the gallery since 2013. His steel drawings and steel sculpture occupy the first and second floors of the gallery.
“I don’t want answers from art. I want more questions. What interests me is uncertainty …; almost-clarity about not-quite-confusion. ”
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Nonas’ early experience as an anthropologist, as well as his ongoing interest in literature, have long informed his practice, illuminating what he describes as “the tyranny of place,” that complex interaction between the physical, the spiritual and the emotional content of a site.
Place, the hubris of place, with its intemperate wedging of human meaning into an indifferent physical world, is what is at stake for Nonas. Every built arrangement is a potential rearrangement, every making is a remaking. His formal constructions critique and push at the space they are in. For Nonas, power lies in the contraction and expansion of space, in the conflict between clarity and confusion, in the attempt to make place hold fast.
Richard Nonas has exhibited extensively in America and abroad. His works appear in numerous collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Panza Collection, Varese, Italy; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and MAMCO, Geneva. In 2019 he will present solo exhibitions at Musee Gassendi, Dignes, France and Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria.Courtesy of the artist and Fergus McCaffrey