Untitled (6 Spaces)

1994

Whiteread, Rachel
This work comprises six resin casts of the spaces found beneath domestic chairs. Each cast is a different shade - indigo, slate, tea, lime, antique gold and rose - making this Whiteread's most colourful work to date. Although the casts roughly share the same height, they possess an individual, human-like, physiognomy, which derives from the different designs of the chairs originally selected. Presented in a straight line, these new forms stand to attention as if ready for an identity parade: each cast makes present an absent space for one person. Rachel Whiteread's sculptures form an intricate dialogue with the reality on which they are based. At the beginning of her career, Whiteread made plaster casts of everyday objects. In transforming these objects she gave them an unexpected presence. Soon her casts were not taken from the objects themselves, but from the space surrounding them or enclosed by them. In this way the negative space under a table or inside a cupboard was transformed into a positive sculptural mass. Rosemary Harris and Helen Luckett
  • Artwork Details: 6 parts, total, 40 x 313 x 41.5cm
  • Edition:
  • Material description: resin
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Architecture
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC96/1995

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