Rivane Neuenschwander

Commonplace

1999

Not on display

Artist
Rivane Neuenschwander born 1967
Original title
Lugar Comum
Medium
Talcum powder
Dimensions
Overall display dimensions variable
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Tate Americas Foundation, courtesy of the Latin American Acquisitions Committee 2013
Reference
T14221

Display caption

In Commonplace 1999, talcum powder is brushed into rectangular shapes on the floor, resembling delicate white paintings. Commonplace is remade according to Neuenschwander’s instructions every time it is exhibited. Composed entirely of talcum powder, it is extremely fragile. A broom was used to gather the talcum into circular shapes within the rectangles. This has left streaks in the powder. These traces suggest the artist is treating the powder like a kind of paint and the broom as a brush. Most of Neuenschwander’s installations and videos use ordinary and perishable materials. In her works, simple gestures turn the stuff of everyday life into something unfamiliar and poetic. Sometimes her artworks move and change over time, or include elements that the public can take away or modify.

Gallery label, June 2021

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