Robert Therrien (1947-2019) worked both in two and three dimensions, using deceptively simple, abstract forms to convey deeply reflective and retrospective themes.
“I try to stay with themes or objects or sources I can trace back to my personal history. The further back I can trace something as being meaningful to me in some way or another…the more I am attracted to it.” Therrien altered objects to transform the viewer’s physical and psychic space, rendering them unfamiliar to us while simultaneously making historical references to topics and archetypes such as Greek sculpture, Marcel Duchamp, and Alice in Wonderland.
His works have been exhibited multiple museums and galleries including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Broad (Los Angeles), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Tate Liverpool. Therrien was born in Chicago and worked in Los Angeles.