Charles Ray

  • The Los Angeles–based artist Charles Ray disorients and disarms viewers of his work via experiments in perception and scale. In one of his best-known interventions, he arranged the fabrication of a painted aluminum replica of a toy fire truck, but at the size of an actual fire truck, and parked it outside the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Though playful, Ray’s work often disturbs assumed cultural notions. Family Romance (1993) is a fiberglass sculpture of a nuclear family. Mother, father, and two young children stand holding hands, naked and eerily scaled so that they are all the same height. While Ray’s subjects are varied, they consistently engage with deeply rooted assumptions about what is “correct” or “right” in order to investigate the power structures that underlie relationships.

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The Los Angeles–based artist Charles Ray disorients and disarms viewers of his work via experiments in perception and scale. In one of his best-known interventions, he arranged the fabrication of a painted aluminum replica of a toy fire truck, but at the size of an actual fire truck, and parked it outside the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Though playful, Ray’s work often disturbs assumed cultural notions. Family Romance (1993) is a fiberglass sculpture of a nuclear family. Mother, father, and two young children stand holding hands, naked and eerily scaled so that they are all the same height. While Ray’s subjects are varied, they consistently engage with deeply rooted assumptions about what is “correct” or “right” in order to investigate the power structures that underlie relationships.