Robert Therrien

No Title (Table and Four Chairs)

About this artwork

‘No Title (Table and Four Chairs)’ forces us to reconsider our relationship to mundane domestic objects. The work exactly replicates an early twentieth-century furniture set produced by the American manufacturers Gunlocke. However, its colossal scale displaces the audience from their usual position above the tabletop, allowing them to navigate through a surreal forest of table and chair legs where usually unseen structural details are now magnified. Calling to mind the experience of fictional protagonists such as Alice in Wonderland and the Lilliputians in Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, the sculpture transforms a usually common encounter into an alien and extraordinary experience.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    No Title (Table and Four Chairs)
  • date created:
    2003
  • materials:
    Aluminium, steel, wood and plastic
  • measurements:
    Table: 269.00 x 468.50 x 362.00 cm; chairs each: 286.00 x 143.00 x 173.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    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
  • accession number:
    AR00166
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Tell us what you think.

Robert Therrien

Robert Therrien