American artist Robert Therrien’s work features in rooms throughout Paxton House until the end of October as part of the Artist Rooms on Tour.
Therrien, internationally renowned for his monumental sculptures that transform everyday objects into fantastical installations, personally chose the 18 images on show from his Red Room sculpture to be displayed at Paxton House.
The installation Red Room includes 890 different red items collected over seven years, ranging from a harmonium organ and a fake stove to kitchen utensils and clothing, all tightly and carefully organised into a small closet.
One of the items in the sculpture is a red book, which for this exhibition has been split up and the individual pages framed and hung beside other objects from the Red Room sculpture.
They are displayed in relevant parts of the house - for example the images of dance, and objects associated with partying, are hung alongside the garments worn by Patrick Home, who had the house built, at the Court of Frederick the Great of Prussia.
Other images relate to the history of the house and some of the utilitarian objects fit well with Emerging from the Shadows, the current exhibition focusing on the servants’ lives at Paxton House.
Alongside the exhibition there will be a series of workshops for schools and young people running through the summer and autumn - watch the website for details. A group of 13 to 25 year olds, from local schools, colleges and youth organisations, has been set up to engage with the works and inspire others to respond with drama, video, dance and music. Contact Paxton House email@example.com for more information.
The works on display are taken from Artist Rooms, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art owned jointly by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Artist Rooms on Tour was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments, to enable this collection to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.
Now in its fifth year, Artist Rooms on Tour is showing at 16 museums and galleries across the UK this year. These include a selection of works by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe currently being exhibited at Old Gala House, Galashiels, until August 11.
Artist Rooms On Tour - www.artfund.org/artistrooms.