Rachel Whiteread: Detached
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Rachel Whiteread: Detached at Gagosian, Britannia Street, London.
Whiteread’s sculpture is predicated on casting procedures, and the traces left on the sacrificial objects and spaces from which her final inverse forms are derived. She casts from everyday objects as well as from the space beneath or around furniture and architecture, using materials such as rubber, dental plaster, and resin to record every nuance.
This volume features twenty-three new works by the artist made between 2010 and 2013. It includes in situ images of Detached 1, Detached 2, and Detached 3 (all 2012), along with documentary photographs of the works in progress. Also pictured are vitrines incorporating found objects, small casts, and maquettes; a series of resin sculptures, cast from doors and windows in delicate hues such as rose and eau de Nil; and works on paper. An essay by Briony Fer examining the materiality of Whiteread’s work, a poem by Mark Waldron, and an exhibition history round out the publication.