Cobbling together new modes of play
A renegade artist with a DIY, ad-hoc style, Tom Sachs re-invents objects from found, recycled, and offbeat materials. His prevailing attitude is “I could do that.”
Sachs manipulates brands. Sachs has transformed Chanel boxes into chainsaws and guillotines, fashioned Prada packaging into toilets and models of concentration camps, and remade Mondrian’s iconic, geometric paintings with colored tape.
Racecars and spaceships are his getaway rides. Nutsy’s, Sachs’ 2003 exhibition for the Deutsche Guggenheim, featured competitive model-car racing, while his 2007 Space Program show at Gagosian in LA took the lunar module as its point of departure.
He hearts animals. Whether via Hello Kitty sculptures, wood-burnings of foxes copied from classical art, lamps made from found plastic tigers, or a video featuring caged chickens on a bike, Sachs’ work suggests the animalistic side of everyday life.
– Paul Laster