360 Speaker Series: Richard Wentworth

Artist

November 17, 2012

British artist Richard Wentworth chronicles features of everyday life through his sculptural practice and photographic archive ‘Making Do and Getting By’.

Richard Wentworth is a chronicler of daily life. Since the 1970s he has played a leading role in British sculpture, isolating both the formal and sculptural qualities of everyday objects. His extensive archive of photographs, ‘Making Do and Getting By’ (1974 onwards), captures the provisional ways in which people modify the world they inhabit. It suggests an infinite syntax of adjustment, modification and appropriation.
 
The neuro-scientist Mark Lythgoe has suggested that the private smile which spectators experience when looking at Wentworth’s work is associated with a deep human capacity to associate the inventive and creative with an internalized highway code for survival.