A Conversation with Richard Nonas: Telling it Slant
By Joyce Beckenstein
Richard Nonas's studio, a Wunderkammer piled high with artifacts and relics,
as well as past and in-progress works, unfolds with the unexpected surprises
of an archaeological dig. Hunkered down within a jungle of antique vises and
drills, ladders, chains, axes, arbitrarily stacked books, pulleys, rugs, handmade kayaks, and countless constructions
of wood and steel are collections of exotic masks and curiosities. The contrast between the studio
and Nonas's sparse but no less complex interventions in gallery spaces is nothing short of astonishing. Within
the mysterious din of his studio, Nonas shares some intriguing insights into his unique response to space as
a sense of place, discussing the stark white light of his recent exhibition, "SLANT" (Fergus McCaffrey Gallery in
Chelsea, New York), which featured a single two-floor installation composed of wood and steel sculptures and
one large drawing, all dating from 1973 to 2017.
...see the entire article in the print version of November's Sculpture magazine.
View of Richard Nonas's studio, 2017.