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Thomas Locher

Tanja Grunert Gallery

Conventions of communication have long been the subject of Thomas Locher’s art. His methodology is rooted in interrogation and analysis, and his impulse is to deconstruct language, treating it as concrete, pliable material. The patterns that emerge in his work demonstrate the processes by which abstract ideas—logic, order, rational proportion, progression—take on visible form. In the past, he has silk-screened or carved words on the kinds of objects that we physically inhabit—cabinets, tables and chairs, beds, architectural environments. It is axiomatic that in art no object is neutral; when we see a piece of furniture in an artwork, mentally we “perform” or complete the idea by imagining ourselves occupying or using it, which probably happens at a precognitive level. At the point of that conceptual occupation, we gain access to the considerable social, psychological, and subjective

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