Rice House, 2009

Red sealing wax on wood, rice, edition unique
19 x 18.5 x 95 cm
7 1/2 x 7 5/16 x 37 3/8 inches
Inscription on the bottom of the work
Wolfgang Laib’s quiet, meditative work makes him one of the most fascinating artists of our time. The exhibition is centered on sculptures from his *Rice Houses* series. The mostly elongated, slightly stocky, gable-shaped objects are reminiscent in size and shape of precious reliquary shrines. In fact, the sculptures positioned on the floor are objects made of wood, filled inside with rice and covered with sealing wax, Burmese lacquer, tin, aluminum, or silver. Sealed in this manner, the objects retain an inner something that remains inaccessible to viewers but which holds significant power in the imagination. The reduced outer form and precious materiality imbue the *Rice Houses* with a certain auratic power. Inherent to the sculptures is a seemingly timeless, original—and universal—quality. Courtesy Buchmann Galerie.
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