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Robert Therrien

Gagosian Gallery

The difference between the colossal and the merely big is more than just a matter of size. Take Robert Therrien’s recent show at Gagosian: Like much of the Los Angeles–based artist’s sculptural work over the past decade and a half, the bulk of the objects installed in the cavernous space (here reconfigured to roughly half its regular dimensions) painstakingly reimagine a selection of quotidian objects at outlandishly exaggerated scales. Yet the fact that most everything shown here is large does not necessarily mean that everything is larger than life, and the reasons for this disparity suggest both the strengths and the limitations of Therrien’s expansionist policy.

Evoking the contents of a kitchen cupboard that had been run through a malfunctioning replicator, the first room was dominated by several sets of pastel plastic or metal dinner plates (dated variously between 2004 and 2006),

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