Edition of 90
Overall size: 14 7/8 x 10 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches (37.8 x 27 x 12.4 cm)
Signed and numbered in blue ball-point pen on a label affixed to the reverse of the wood sculptural container
Richard Artschwager’s work, “Locations” from 1969, utilizes his blp (pronounced “blip”) form that is lozenge-shaped and acts like a physical punctuation mark in space. Each of the blps in “Locations” is a different size, in varied proportions and vastly disparate materials (Formica, mirror, Plexiglas, wood, and/or horsehair). Seemingly familiar (after looking at the same sort of form six times, how can it not be?), “Locations” is a Minimalist icon as well as being confounding. A visual, rhyming mystery that, when taken as a whole, is both a uniform display and a polyphonic experience. Furthermore, by Artschwager deeming the work entirely open-ended in how/where the various elements can be arranged, a viewer can recognize the artist’s focus on eliminating hierarchies.