The stripped back visual compositions of Richard Tuttle are both whimsical and startling in nature. Tuttle is a controversial artist whose radical pursuit of reductive elements early in his career sparked critical uproar, and, on one notable occasion, caused a curator to lose their job. Although hugely influential, Tuttle defies any stylistic and historical categorization. His humble usage of commonplace materials such as fabric, wood,… Read more
About the artwork
Tuttle's beguiling work, Six Nails, combines metal and enamel, enriching the white bleached background with steel nails. The floral effect is a perverse play on what are more than likely metal fixing clips. Seeing beauty in the most unlikely of sources, the humane arrangement is both cryptic and captivating. Somewhere between flowers and cogs, we can almost imagine the interconnecting wheels of a ticking wristwatch. Tuttle has previously claimed that "mystical presence exists as a signature" and in this signature "exists the beauty of man." Here the artist explores the strange indeterminate links between workmanship and beauty, making even the resolute and firm appear fragile and timeless.