Past Exhibitions

Charles Long: 100 Pounds of Clay

Exhibition Through August 27, 2006

The simple descriptive title of 100 Pounds of Clay (2001) quantifies the weight of material that fills the gallery. For this installation piece, the sculptor Charles Long reconsiders the modernist tradition of the autonomous work of art by engaging the hands of the museum visitor in realizing the form and shape of each block of clay. Clay, the requisite material of childhood play, collects the imprint of every gesture and becomes both a visual and physical record of human contact. The “don’t touch” taboo disappears, as individuals are encouraged to complete this creative collaboration. For Long, it is this opportunity for “real-life interaction” that guides and animates his artistic practice.

 

Exhibition Credits

Charles Long: 100 lbs of Clay was organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and curated by Elizabeth Armstrong, deputy director for programs and chief curator.