RED ROOM
© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2009

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RED ROOM 2000-2007
  • Artist Rooms
The installation ‘RED ROOM’ includes 890 different red items ranging from a harmonium organ and a fake stove to kitchen utensils and clothing, all tightly and carefully organised into a small closet. Collected over seven years, objects that hold private significance to the artist, such as his brother’s summer-camp sweatshirt, are placed alongside more generic pieces, all linked by the same tone of red. The colour red holds many connotations, from blood to roses, and from Christmas to Valentines. Here, the intense colour also suggests the saturation of an abstract painting, yet also provokes an uncanny and unsettling experience given the domestic nature of the interior and objects.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00702
  • Medium Organ, radio, telephone, wall clock, grill, kitchen utensils, clothes, shoes and other materials
  • Size 243.84 x 195.60 x 266.70 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008