Richard Wager


Richard Wager
contemplates ignored spaces and things (a three-foot section of subway platform, a toothbrush, a plastic spoon, a standard light bulb). Through a series of routine efforts he transforms the commonplace into glowing totemic moments. The subway platform is scrubbed with a host of solvents until it sparkles, the toothbrush, spoon, and light bulb are dipped repeatedly in beeswax or plaster until they are unrecognizable. Part art pottery, part Close Encounter mounds, Wager's dipped objects are an enigmatic tribute to ordinary things.