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
Label 13-16—a selection from Tuttle's artist book—gives extraordinary insight into the artist's process. As always with Tuttle the viewer is never quite sure of what is in front of them, they just know they are witnessing the delicate balance of poise, scale, and visual uncertainty. Are these images of mass food consumption as seen on the labels of condiment bottles, or the fragmented sections of a picnic? Perhaps Tuttle is taking to heart his mantra that his "work is food for the inner life". Tuttle has been mining the possibilities of using textile in his work for years now. Their hessian, lightly grid-like pattern alters the delicate perception of the prints, suddenly providing them with an ordered cohesiveness.