Serie: Death's head "Shock and Awe", 2003
Paper, plastic foil, tape, prints, marker, ball-point,
47.5 x 59.5 cm (18 3/4 x 23 1/2 in)
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present "Unfinished Walls", a major new project by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn. Hirschhorn's work highlights issues such as political oppression, human rights violations, regional wars, pollution, poverty and famine. By presenting an abundance of confrontational material, Hirschhorn implicates his audience in all of these issues. In "Unfinished Walls" - a metaphor for mental barriers, segregation and apathy - Hirschhorn continues to shock and inspire with an overload of visual information.
For "Unfinished Walls", the gallery floor will be transformed into a field punctuated with walls. These walls, in various stages of erection and disrepair, delimit the field and invert the architectural proportions of the gallery. Philosophical texts by Marcus Steinweg on the philosopher Michel Foucault are integrated throughout the gallery as are magazine clippings and other images from popular culture.
Adhering to Hirschhorn's maxim that "energy is more important than quality", "Unfinished Walls" is constructed from "poor materials"&Mac226; such as fake cardboard walls, breeze blocks, photocopied texts, mannequins, spotlights, wood and plastic bags. In their journey through the maze of walls, the viewer is continually confronted with poignant reminders of the state of present-day reality and Hirschhorn's profound commitment to global social justice is ever present.
Exhibition: 6 March - 8 May 2004
Gallery hours: Tue-Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 11am - 5pm
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