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  • Provenance

    Galleria Gio Marconi, Milan

  • Catalogue Essay

    The architectural installation Reus by the German artist Tobias Rehberger is a perfect example of the artist’s powerful navigation of the terrain between art and design. His ‘design pieces’ reveal an anti-functional artistic attitude, breeding a new, allegorical energy into the conventions of decor. Reus comprises 47 lamps hung from the ceiling at various heights. Each lamp is made of an ordinary light bulb surrounded by simple coloured Plexiglas sheets applied to metal circles. Activated by a sensor, all the lamps are turned on every time a visitor enters the room, and gradually increase in brightness for seven seconds and then dim again over the same span of time.
     
    “The artist’s objects and environments do not only draw on a repertoire of daily use; they are also produced to mimic the shiny perfection of the manufactured. He turns to industrial processes to make objects that look as if they are massproduced, part of a continuum, from the zone of the everyday mass culture. However, their idiosyncrasies in terms of colour, size, function or location make us look again. These things or environments do not fit in. They are works of art that propose new rules of engagement not only in their internal dynamics, but also for everything and everyone in their vicinity.”
     
    (I. Blazwick, Private Matters, London, 2004)

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Reus

2005
Installation of 47 lamps: Perspex, metal, wires, lamps and dimmer.
Installation dimensions variable.

Estimate
£45,000 - 55,000 Ω ♠

Sold for £55,250

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010
London