Touching Time and Space: A Portrait of David Ireland

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"You can't make art by making art," David Ireland once said, and this statement can be understood as one of the guiding principles in his life and work. Sculptor, architect, installation artist, urban archeologist and much, much more, Ireland is impossible and unnecessary to label. Why label something that aspires to include most everything--or at least to not exclude the possibility of something? Mid-life, Ireland, who was born in 1930, decided to pursue his passion for art, and he went on to produce a body of work so idiosyncratic that it ...
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"You can't make art by making art," David Ireland once said, and this statement can be understood as one of the guiding principles in his life and work. Sculptor, architect, installation artist, urban archeologist and much, much more, Ireland is impossible and unnecessary to label. Why label something that aspires to include most everything--or at least to not exclude the possibility of something? Mid-life, Ireland, who was born in 1930, decided to pursue his passion for art, and he went on to produce a body of work so idiosyncratic that it defies definition. Like his life, his working methodology is paradoxical, absurd, ironic and uniquely enriched by humor and humanity. The result of some 80 interviews with the American artist and his friends, family, collaborators and art world colleagues, Touching Time and Space offers an engrossing portrait of a deeply private but unfailingly generous iconoclast. His art practice, teaching, and wry philosophy have profoundly affected many. Beginning with a description of the radical transformation of his home--the legendary 500 Capp Street in San Francisco--author Betty Klausner provides an insightful and often moving narrative that illuminates Ireland's process, work and life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9788881584512
  • Publisher: Charta
  • Publication date: 1/2/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 9
Dumbballs 15
A Tour of David Ireland's House 21
After 34
Catalysts 37
Beginning 41
Islands 50
Best Friends 53
Colleges, Army, Back to Bellingham 55
The Grand Tour and the Transvaal 58
Settling Down 62
Moving On 64
Commitment 68
New York 73
65 Capp Street 77
Jackpot 84
Recovery of Building 944 100
Three Exhibitions on Two Coasts 106
MoMA 116
Studio 120
Reprocessing 126
Hirshhorn Museum 127
Chairs as Micro-Architecture 138
Generator Room 142
Collaborations 144
Statuary 155
"Everyday Art" and "Reflections" 162
Treading Water 168
Teaching 181
California Patriarch 184
Afterword 190
Notes 193
Index 199
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