On display at the Hirshhorn Museum is the Out of the Ordinary exhibit. This exhibition encompasses works of art that use the process of faking, copying and duplicating following in the footsteps of Marcel Duchamp and Jasper Johns who both used everyday objects in their work. The exhibit focuses on this technique, causing viewers to look closer at the artwork due to the strangeness behind the familiarity.
One of the works on display is Katharina Fritsch’s 1989 which is a tower-like structure composed of yellow Madonna’s (shown below) entitled Display Stand with Madonnas. Fritsch, from West Germany, is a contemporary sculptor known for her work by manipulating everyday objects with shifts in color and scale.
Also on display is Robert Gober’s 1985 Three Parts of an X. This piece pulls in the viewer with its strange familiarity but the slight distortion keeps the viewer consumed and a little obsessed with it. It’s easy to lose a sense of time when staring at Gober’s work attempting to figure out the “puzzle” of exactly what it is.
This exhibit closes on May 19th and this is one that shouldn’t be missed. Rarely does an opportunity pop up where someone can view works of art as interesting and thought provoking as this exhibit provides.