Thomas Hirschhorn


Thomas Hirschhorn is known for his sprawling works that transform traditional white cube spaces into absorbing environments. He tackles issues of critical theory, global politics and consumerism. He engages the viewer through superabundance by combining found imagery, texts, bound up in low-tech constructions of cardboard, foil, and packing tape. Hirschhorn’s sculptural constructions and even possibly, his environments that he creates are famous for transporting knowledge and information by alienating the usual means of presentation and skewing our perspective on things. Using these mundane materials we so frequently ignore, he has brought to light the sheer volume of materials we disregard – managing to create a dystopia from our carelessness. I have included the work of Thomas Hirschhorn in my research due to the similarities that are apparent in his work and my own. The obvious use of an abundance of materials is quite clear in terms of comparison however like the work of Tomoko Takahashi they use these found materials to dominate the gallery space. This is something I have been thinking about and how I would like to move my practice forwards.

Research Links:

Buchloh, B. (2004) Thomas Hirschhorn. London: Phaidon.


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