Rivane Neuenschwander Work of Days 1998

  • Not on view

Work of Days is made from hundreds of transparent adhesive contact sheets covering the floor and walls of a room, rendering the space a massive dust trap. Neuenschwander is particularly interested in dust’s association with death; as she has noted, her work suggests “a wish to understand the fragility of life, the finite nature of things, our impermanence in the world; or the simple observation of the passing of time.” The artist begins by allowing dust to collect on the sheets
in her studio, then transports them to the exhibition space. Over time, visitors unwittingly add to the dust
and debris; we cannot enter without leaving evidence of our presence.

Gallery label from 2019
Gathered dust on squares of adhesive vinyl
Dimensions variable
Latin American and Caribbean Fund, Louise Reinhardt Smith Bequest (by exchange), and the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art
Object number
© 2021 Rivane Neuenschwander.
Painting and Sculpture

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