Richard Tuttle

Betty Parsons Gallery

Technique is an aspect of mind and idea, its language like that of the mind but capable of transfiguring the abilities of the intellect. Physical works are a record of the behavior of forms as they effect the mind through the creation of new data. Brought into the world, they take on a life of their own, instituting new metaphors. Richard Tuttle’s pieces at Betty Parsons demonstrate the amplification of idea in the trying out of forms in the world. In his work, concepts and materials have been transformed into a delicate series of statements. Tuttle has nailed pieces of wire onto the wall at both ends, allowing them to bend outward. Then he has drawn thin, spidery lines on the wall mirroring the cast shadows. Sometimes there aretwo wires and two drawn lines, or more elaborate circlings of wire bent out from the wall. The drawn lines all seem to be suppositions of the effect of different

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