Rachel Whiteread. Untitled (Nets). 2002

Rachel Whiteread Untitled (Nets) 2002

Floor 1, Restaurant

Whiteread casts the empty spaces inside and around found objects and architectural structures in plaster, resin, or rubber, making them into solid objects. Her subjects often have domestic associations, from large interiors to small everyday items such as light switches. In representing objects and buildings by the spaces around them, Whiteread memorializes not only her subjects but also their real or imagined histories. For Untitled (Nets), based on drawings of discarded lace, she inverted a traditional printmaking process: where metal plates are usually etched with acid, inked, and printed on paper, here are the plates themselves, etched through with jets of acid in a method usually confined to industrial manufacturing.

Gallery label from Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940s to Now, May 5–August 16, 2010
Medium
Etched metal sheet from a series of five
Dimensions
25 9/16 x 20 1/2" (65 x 52 cm)
Publisher
Edition Schellmann Inc., Munich and New York
Printer
Metaq Präzision, Wuppertal, Germany
Edition
36
Credit
General Print Fund
Object number
42.2003.4
Copyright
© 2018 Rachel Whiteread
Series
Untitled (Nets)
Department
Drawings and Prints