Stone as stone
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.
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I found these pieces of g...
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.
Three Pretentious Rocks
Jimmie Durham, Three Pretentious Rocks, 2001. Mixed Media, stone, wooden shelf, wooden sign, 40 x 105 x 24 cm.
A Stone Rejected by the B...
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).
A Piece of Concrete Weari...
Jimmie Durham, A Piece of Concrete Wearing a Stone Mask and a Necktie, 1999. Sculpture, mixed media, 93 x 34 x 18 cm.