Artists' Space

James Rigler

James Rigler works in clay and other everyday materials to create familiar but ambiguous objects and environments. He is concerned with the gap between the ordinary and the extraordinary: why some objects and places are celebrated while others are ignored, whether this is reconciled with our own experience of the world, and how even mundane things gain meaning through familiarity.

Stealing details from architectural forms and decoration, Rigler’s work collides references to the everyday with the monumental, often playing with visual similarities between disparate sources. By challenging the usual signifiers of the hierarchy of objects, his work seeks to question the values that lie behind such distinctions.