Richard TuttleWire Pieces
Richard Tuttle Wire Pieces explored the artist’s use of line and volume to form a multi-layered sculptural experience. Featuring a focused selection of wire pieces from 1972 and installed by Richard Tuttle himself in one of the Pulitzer’s new gallery spaces, this exhibition offered a rare opportunity to see a presentation of these works together. Curated in close association with the artist by Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Chair of Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the exhibition reflected Tuttle’s career-long exploration of spatial relationships, often through humble materials.
Emily Rauh Pulitzer
The installation of Richard Tuttle’s Wire Pieces begins with two different kinds of line. The artist applies the first line directly to the surface of the wall with a pencil; its extent is limited to the reach of his arms. The second is that of florist wire from a small spool, which retains some of the kinks and curves of having been coiled. A third line is created by lighting the first two, casting a shadow upon the wall and completing a fully interconnected work. Thus, the Wire Pieces combine the essential qualities of both drawing and sculpture. Their remarkable economy is amplified by the delicate balance of materials—pencil, wire, and shadow—and the precision with which each line achieves a status that is equally dependent upon and incongruent to the others.
[excerpted from the exhibition catalogue; please click here for complete essay]