thomas hirschhorn

6 March 2004 - 8 May 2004
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present Unfinished Walls, a major new project by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn. Hirschhorn's work highlights issues such as political oppression, human rights violations, regional wars, pollution, poverty and famine. By presenting an abundance of confrontational material, Hirschhorn implicates his audience in all of these issues. In Unfinished Walls - a metaphor for mental barriers, segregation and apathy - Hirschhorn continues to shock and inspire with an overload of visual information.

For Unfinished Walls, the gallery floor will be transformed into a field punctuated with walls. These walls, in various stages of erection and disrepair, delimit the field and invert the architectural proportions of the gallery. Philosophical texts by Marcus Steinweg on the philosopher Michel Foucault are integrated throughout the gallery as are magazine clippings and other images from popular culture. Adhering to Hirschhorn's maxim that 'energy is more important than quality', Unfinished Walls is constructed from 'poor materials'‚ such as fake cardboard walls, breeze blocks, photocopied texts, mannequins, spotlights, wood and plastic bags. In their journey through the maze of walls, the viewer is continually confronted with poignant reminders of the state of present-day reality and Hirschhorn's profound commitment to global social justice is ever present.

Thomas Hirschhorn has exhibited widely all over the world. His recent solo exhibitions include "Doppelgarage in der Schirn", Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; CAC Malaga, Spain in 2003; Liubov Popova-Kiosk, n°7, Université de Zürich-Irchel, Zürich, Switzerland in 2002; Wirtschaftslandschaft Davos, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; "Skulptur Sortier Station", Stalingrad, Paris, France (Sammlung Centre Georges Pompidou) in 2001 and "Jumbo Spoons and Big Cake", The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA in 2000. His recent group exhibitions include "Common Wealth", Tate Modern, London, England; "The Radiant City", Biennal of Valencia, Spain; "Accessoiremaximalismus", Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany; "Les 20 ans des Frac", Nantes, France in 2003 and Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany in 2002.