One–Stop Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa


Charles Ray ( American, 1953 )

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General Description

Consisting of five separate yet related elements of metal, concrete blocks, and forged wire beams, One-Stop Gallery, Iowa City looks like a giant assortment of strange toys that have been spilled onto the gallery's floor. Ray introduces ideas of suspension and risk and of the elegant, machine-like pleasure of formal precision. The work teases the eye and mind to explain its odd dual sense of playfulness and danger.

Excerpt from

Charles Wylie, Label text, _Celebrating Sculpture: Modern and Contemporary Works from Dallas Collections, _2003.

Web Resources

  • YouTube
    Watch a long-form lecture by Charles Ray, the first in a series of three, given at the Menil Collection in 2015 entitled,"Thoughts on Sculpture.".