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Richard Prince: Blasting Mats
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“Blasting mats, for those unfamiliar, are heavy-duty mats stitched together from pieces of car tire, devised to catch flyrock from controlled explosions. Fifteen years ago, Richard Prince started making work from disused blasting mats, suspending them from customized frames at his studio in Rensselaerville. A trio of these sculptures, Untitled (Blasting Mats) (2006) are transposed to a gallery for the first time. They hang, slumped and heavy, from metal I-beams, structures with unforgiving, murderous associations.”

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Richard Prince: Blasting Mats, September 10, 2021 – October 23, 2021 at Gladstone Gallery 530 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011.