World Soup, 1991
with tin cans
An aspect of this works that interest me the most is a relationship between the textured surface of the steel and shiny, smooth inside of the cans. These features contrast well with each other creating balanced composition. I think that if the steel was left in its orginal form then this work would be less exciting and I would probably see it as just collection of trash. The surface actually has abstract qulities that makes me think of brush marks on a canvas. Without the tin cans such surface could be seen as a painting. I think that the idea of painting the objects that are used for creating sculpture falls into the subersion/defamiliarizetion theme in a way that painted object can be perceived differently to non-painted object.
Wentworth's work, encircling the notion of objects and their use as part of our day-to-day experiences, has altered the traditional definition of sculpture as well as photography. By transforming and manipulating industrial and/or found objects into works of art, Wentworth subverts their original function and extends our understanding of them by breaking the conventional system of classification. The sculptural arrangements play with the notion of ready-made and juxtaposition of objects that bear no relation to each other." <source:http://www.lissongallery.com/artists/richard-wentworth>
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