David Ireland

Germans van Eck

For some years now, beginning with the dissection and reconstruction of his own San Francisco house, David Ireland has been exploring the potential of mundane objects and environments to tell stories. The often decrepit materials of his sculptures and installations evoke the tragic dimension of the passage of time—decay, dissolution, loss—and our helplessness before such forces. The works shown here continue in this vein. Untitled Tub of Relics. Produced in Action, “Studio” at the Fabric Work Shop, Philadelphia, 1989, is a waist-high box containing various items. Though the objects inside—mounds of concrete, empty bags that once contained gravel mix—are arrayed in a neat rectangular grid or stacked vertically, their muteness and apparent uselessness belies such purposeful ordering. The piece as a whole examines process, providing a record of each stage in the production of concrete, from

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