Robert Therrien

Biography

Robert Therrien was born in Chicago in 1947. He received his BFA from the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara in 1971 and went on to earn his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1974. Over the course of his career he has exhibited worldwide, including shows at Gagosian Gallery in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, having built a reputation as one of the most accomplished artists working in Southern California today.

Therrien's unique oeuvre transforms banal elements of popular culture and everyday life into works of timeless clarity. Such works include his series of monumental tables and chairs, giant-sized stacks of pots, plates and bowls, and fifteen-foot fake beards hanging on their stands. Since the early 1990s, Therrien's sculpture has become larger, more emphatically three-dimensional and in many cases more clearly representational. Therrien's works seem to become intrinsic to the environment they occupy. Consequently Therrien is often an active participant in the design of his exhibitions. As curator Lynn Zelevansky observed, ''Therrien's is an art of paradox and balance; In the perfection of their proportions these sculptures suggest rationality and objectivity but their narrative associations denote interiority and personal history.''

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