Charles Ray, ‘Light from the Left’, 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Image rights: © Charles Ray, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

"Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection"

Venue: Philadelphia Museum of Art (2016)

About Charles Ray

Best known for his sculptures of almost imperceptibly altered, or wildly exaggerated, familiar objects, Charles Ray creates mesmerizing, disorienting works that challenge perception. With Firetruck (1993), for example, Ray enlarged a toy Tonka truck to the proportions of an actual fire truck and “parked” it in front of the Whitney Museum in New York. From afar, Firetruck looked real. It was only upon approach that viewers saw that it was not. Ray’s Ink Line (1987), an example of his exquisitely subtle work, consists of a stream of black ink running from a dime-sized hole in the ceiling to a dime-sized hole in the floor. Upon close inspection, viewers realize that what looks like a piece of string is actually a continuous flow of liquid.

American, b. 1953, Chicago, Illinois

Group Shows

The FLAG Art Foundation, 
New York, USA,
Cynthia Daignault: There is Nothing I could Say That I Haven't Thought Before
11 Duke Street, 
London, United Kingdom,
Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray