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Celeste Fichter

The Cheese Takes a Wife
2020, C-print, 16 x 20 inches.

“Two reoccurring subjects in my recent work are cheese and geometric shapes. As soon as I saw Richard Serra’s Humpback, I thought immediately of a new work titled The Cheese Takes a Wife. As a pair, they make sense formally, and although I had not previously thought of Serra’s work as having a sense of humor, I see now that it can. I like the juxtaposition of scale and materials; Serra’s huge and heavy forged steel coupled with my life sized and light weight found objects.”


Richard Serra

2002, forged steel, 72 x 72 x 14 inches.

“I consider space to be a material. The articulation of space has come to take precedence over other concerns. I attempt to use sculptural form to make space distinct.” (quote via MoMA)

J. Michael Ford

2016, painted steel, plastic, body piercing,
66 x 48 x 30 inches.
See full image here

“I am interested in how and where we see ourselves in the experience of objects. Serra’s conception of space as a material seizes upon our understanding of the physical body and its relationship to other bodies.

In my own work, I see the potential of this understanding as something empathetic and communicative. I conceive of space as a contour or outline that can be populated by the viewer and their individual experience. Here, Loverboy (2016) is a proposition of sorts; using sex and seduction as the basis for an encounter.”

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