Ian Carr-Harris

Empire Piece

1970-1971
When first exhibited in 1970, this sculpture included a projected image of a map of the Roman Empire. Upon reflection, the artist changed the slide from a geopolitical image of empire to one showing text. Until this sculpture was made, very few of Carr-Harris' works incorporated language. In 1976 the artist remarked: "I was much more interested in the language - the actual word 'empire,' for instance, carries with it much more force . . . It occurred to me, starting with that piece, the power that language has for its reference." The ambiguous title "empire piece" also relates to the curious furniture-like elements of the sculpture, which with their dramatic and uniquely turned legs and heavy moulding resemble period-style pieces.
Title
Empire Piece
Date
1970-1971
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
two painted wooden units, one with slide projector and 35 mm slide
Dimensions
187.3 x 245 x 80.7 cm assembled
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
17264.1-2