WHITEGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac
20 January -- 24 February 2001
Since his last exhibition, "Creativity is the Enemy" (1999), the artist has both provoked and seduced us with his anarchic assemblages such as the Chanel Guillotine in which he furnishes violent and menacing objects with desirable packaging and attributes -- logos and luxury labels -- so propelling the spectator into a conflict between repulsion and desire. Tom Sachs will be showing his recent works in this exhibition entitled WHITE, which is his second solo show to date.
Tom Sachs describes himself as a “professional handyman.” Do-it-yourself evokes work; or rather tasks carried out, by an amateur alchemist, a man who does everything, an inspired handyman. An informed do-it-yourself man, he thwarts functional objects, remodelling them to include materials he has found or collected and attributes them with a new use. The most important thing is that he generates a new syntax, which oscillates between disappearance and reincarnation always in a playful manner.
The works exhibited in WHITE emanate a futurist and uncluttered aesthetic comparable to certain science fiction films such as Star Wars or 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. Fascinated by technology and all the inventions that have radically improved our daily lifestyle, Tom Sachs invites us to journey into space. Included are the famous android R2D2, suspended fragments of spaceships, and even a model of Villa Savoye transformed into a Drive-In McDonalds.