Black Maria, 2013. View of installation at King’s Cross, London.

Strange Relationships: A Conversation with Richard Wentworth

Richard Wentworth’s way of seeing requires a spatial intelligence that perceives the world as a system of interlocking signs. He habitually walks the streets of London observing minutiae often missed by the untrained eye, and these observations then provide the nucleus for new ideas. In his work, inanimate objects are energized by their placement alongside other objects that just happen to reside in the same environment. It is a game of chance that conjures seemingly implausible juxtapositions, resulting in a perplexing riddle for the viewer to unpick. His projects range from all-encompassing installations such as False Ceiling and Black Maria to smaller sculptures that transform utilitarian objects into aberrant arrangements. Wentworth has held many eminent positions including Master of Drawing, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University, and Head of the Royal College of Art’s Sculpture Department. …see the entire article in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine.