©image: Henrik Ericson
Most of nature is stone; stone is everywhere. However, presenting stones as art is something else. “Well, you have to help stones”, says Jimmie Durham, “they don’t work on their own”. It is therefore the role of the artist to present these stones in various ways, modify them, dress them up, label them, so that they can become works of art (still not neglecting their primal identity as stones) as we can see the works in this ensemble.
>Jimmie Durham, I found these pieces of glass just outside what I believe must be the Villa Borghese, in Rome, 1997.Mixed Media, glass, paper, semi-precious stones, metal, 61 x 43 x 57 cm.
>Jimmie Durham, A Piece of Concrete Wearing a Stone Mask and a Necktie, 1999.Sculpture, mixed media, 93 x 34 x 18 cm.
>Jimmie Durham, Three Pretentious Rocks, 2001.Mixed Media, stone, wooden shelf, wooden sign, 40 x 105 x 24 cm.
>Jimmie Durham, Perhaps Mr. Palomar , 2003.Sculpture, grey granite, acrylic paint, 21 x 12 x 12 cm.
>Jimmie Durham, This Stone Had Always Wanted To Be a Fish... Some People Are Never Satisfied, 2003.Sculpture, grey granite, acrylic, 30 x 64 x 43 cm.
>Jimmie Durham, A Stone Rejected by the Builder (2), 2006.Sculpture, stone, wood, acrylic paint, 26 x 48 x 20 cm, 75 x 59 x 28 cm.
>Jimmie Durham, A Piece of Granite Shaped like a Camel's Head, 2006.Sculpture, red granite, glass, 36 x 23 x 15 cm.
>Jimmie Durham, Home Becomes Further Away, 2006.Sculpture, cobblestones, wood, stone, variable dimensions.
>Jimmie Durham, A Stone Rejected by the Builder (1), 2006.Sculpture, stone, wood, acrylic paint, 34 x 41 x 20 cm (stone), 55 x 48 x 35 cm (table).
>Jimmie Durham, Rocks Encouraged, 2010.Installation, petrified wood, text, variable dimensions.