June 1 – July 15, 2022
RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER: Locations, 1969
Krakow Witkin Gallery
10 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, USA
Richard Artschwager’s work, “Locations” from 1969, utilizes his blp (pronounced “blip”) form that is lozenge-shaped and acts like a physical punctuation mark in space. Each of the blps in “Locations” is a different size, in varied proportions and vastly disparate materials (Formica, mirror, Plexiglas, wood, or horsehair). Seemingly familiar (after looking at the same sort of form six times, how can it not be?), “Locations” is a Minimalist icon as well as being confounding. A visual, rhyming mystery that, when taken as a whole, is both a uniform display and a polyphonic experience. Furthermore, by Artschwager deeming the work entirely open-ended in how/where the various elements can be arranged, a viewer can recognize the artist’s focus on eliminating hierarchies.