The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (Nebraska), 2002

Many of my works are based on found images and objects that become part of another narrative. During a residency in Omaha, Nebraska, I discovered more than 300 paintings in the attic of the local art center. These works, which were originally meant to decorate hotels, became the starting point for one of my first large-scale installations using found material as a source. This work consisted of freestanding walls made of mass-produced, sentimental landscape paintings that formed a space. Exhibition goers approached the room from the outside and were lured inside, intrigued by the back of the frames. Upon entering, they were surrounded by the paintings, hung upside-down across the four walls. Inside this set-up sat another construction made of cardboard, reflective insulation material and aluminium foil, which supported a flickering TV screen on which spectators saw amateur film sequences.

Material: Metal studs, found oil paintings, poles from tent canopy, cardboard, insulation, furniture and objects, aluminium foil, video monitor.
Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 5 m

Installation views: Larry Ferguson