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Gwenn Thomas: Standard Candles

Gwenn Thomas, Standard Candles, 2017-2021, wood and acrylic paint, each: 20 ½ x 18 ¼ x 14 ¼ inches, (52.1 x 46.4 x 36.2 cm)

Gwenn Thomas, Standard Candles, 2017-2021, wood and acrylic paint (yellow), 20 ½ x 18 ¼ x 14 ¼ inches, (52.1 x 46.4 x 36.2 cm)

Gwenn Thomas, Standard Candles, 2017-2021, wood and acrylic paint (black), 20 ½ x 18 ¼ x 14 ¼ inches, (52.1 x 46.4 x 36.2 cm)

Gwenn Thomas, Standard Candles, 2017-2021, wood and acrylic paint (pink), 20 ½ x 18 ¼ x 14 ¼ inches, (52.1 x 46.4 x 36.2 cm)

Gwenn Thomas, Standard Candles, 2016-2021, wood with Plexiglas and acrylic paint on wall, 7 ½ x 13 ½ x 1 ½ inches (19.1 x 34.3 x 3.8 cm)

Installation view

Gwenn Thomas, Moments of Place 1, 2013-14, HD C-Print with aluminum frame, 16 x 25 3/4 inches (40.6 x 65.4 cm), edition of 3

Gwenn Thomas, Moments of Place V, 2013-14, HD C-Print with aluminum frame, 15 1/4 x 26 1/2 inches (38.7 x 67.3 cm), edition of 3

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Art Projects International is pleased to present Standard Candles by Gwenn Thomas.

Gwenn Thomas’ sculptures, each titled Standard Candles, are carefully proportioned wooden boxes that are inspired by Le Corbusier’s tabouret cabanon, a multipurpose stool that the Swiss architect designed in 1952 for his cabin in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

Thomas has cut apertures into the sculptures to reveal brightly painted interiors in shades of black, salmon, and yellow. Though all three works have the same dimensions, each work can rest on a side of unique length which results in their standing at different heights. The three Standard Candles constellate on the gallery floor, making reference to the astronomic concept of a “standard candle,” a celestial body of known luminosity that can be used to determine the distance of other stars.

Gwenn Thomas (b. Rhode Island) lives and works in New York. She studied at the Sorbonne, Paris, and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art, New York. Thomas’ work has been widely exhibited, and a survey of her work was published by Charta (Milan, Italy) in 2013. Her work is represented in major collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Harvard Art Museums/ Fogg Museum; Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University Library; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; ‘Plates of the Present’ Collection, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; São Schlumberger, Paris; C.A.M. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal; and Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany.

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