Drums First


Cibachrome mounted on aluminium museum box

121 x 96.5 x 4 cm (47 5/8 x 38 x 1 9/16 in.)

A board and a lamp stand against a white wall alongside two wooden drums. Other scattered items litter the floor while a black cable, twisted and suspended in a cloth, runs vertically across the image. This set of objects, which seems to be an installation conceived as such, is nothing more than a puzzle of several works being installed.

Part of a series of Cibachrome photographs taken between 1993 and 2010 by Louise Lawler, Drums First was made in 2006. She captures the cohabitation of three distinct works by American artist David Hammons (Forgotten Dream, High Level of Cats and Untitled), dismantled and placed side by side temporarily during the preparations for the "Where Are We Going?" show at the Palazzo Grassi.

With Drums First, Lawler ingeniously stresses the simplicity of the objects that make up complex works. Her works in the Pinault Collection were first exhibited at the "Sequence 1" show at the Palazzo Grassi.