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Tony Feher

November 13, 2001 - January 27, 2002

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Arranging industrial and consumer products, such as lightbulbs, bottles, and thumbtacks into minimal compositions, Feher creates sculptures that emphasize the aesthetic potential of everyday products. For the Hammer installation, Feher creates a new work from water filled bottles that extend from the Lobby Gallery into the Lobby.

Organized by Claudine Isé, assistant curator at the UCLA Hammer Museum.

About the Exhibition

By Claudine Isé

In "Le Vin des chiffoniers" (The ragpickers' wine), Charles Baudelaire (1821-67) immortalized the figure of the ragpicker, a downtrodden soul who sifted through the trash bins of nineteenth-century Paris in search of bits and bobs that could be salvaged and resold. For Baudelaire, the ragpicker's activity mirrored that of the modern poet: both existed on the margins of middle-class urban life, feeding off its consumptive delirium, and both had the uncanny ability to see in everyday phenomena something remarkable that escaped the notice of others. Like Baudelaire's ragpicker, Tony Feher sees something marvelous in the ordinary, and he has the poet's talent for making others see it too.

Feher's art draws upon the common language of disposable goods: plastic and glass soda bottles (labels removed), coffee jars and twist-off lids, metal cans, brightly colored marbles, bar straws, delivery flats, bottle caps, wooden fruit crates and plastic soda cases, pushpins, polystyrene bricks and translucent plastic grocery bags, old carpet squares and cheap plastic flowers. Suspended from the ceiling in clusters and bunches or arranged on the floor in stacks, lines, concentric circles, pyramids, columns, and other geometric configurations, the plainspoken objects in Feher's installations are quietly alluring. It can sometimes be hard to put one's finger on exactly what the difference is between the things he comes across and the work he makes as a result, and yet it is that barely discernible difference that is at the core of his art. More

"The Red Wheelbarrow," by William Carlos Williams, from COLLECTED POEMS: 1909-1939, VOLUME 1, copyright 1938 by New Directions Publishing Corp. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp.

Claudine Isé is an assistant curator at the UCLA Hammer Museum.

 

Hammer Projects are made possible by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by the Los Angeles County Arts Comission and Peter Norton Family Foundation.

 

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