Wednesday, August 28, 2013


These cardboard, paper, string and pigment constructions were executed in the same tall rectangular format that James Castle most frequently used for his human-looking figures. When the pieces above were shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008, these figure-like assemblages were designated as segments of interior walls. One of them situated an electrical outlet where a figure might have had a face. Another used a gold-framed picture in the face-position.

Below, the artist in drawing mode, articulating interior spaces. He used three-dimensional perspective to create interiors populated with rows of two-dimensional figure-constructions. Whether these tall front-facing figures can be said to represent known people or imaginary friends or segments of wall or the artist himself depends pretty much entirely on the whim of the curator who writes the labels.