The first major UK exhibition by the American artist know for his assemblages
In his youth the New York-based artist B Wurtz (born in 1948 in California) had a Giant House of Cards, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, which he destroyed through fervent use. Wurtz, the first major UK exhibition of whose work runs at Baltic this winter, describes the cards as among the first materials he used to make sculptures, often building tall towers out of them, then putting his cat on top to bring them crashing to the ground.
He also made Joseph Cornell-style boxes, filled with found objects, until he realised each object in his boxes was visually appealing in its own right and did not need artistic intervention to be interesting. From then on he altered his approach to work with ordinary objects: grocery bags, hangers and cardboard packing corners, figuring that by using junk he gave himself more of an opportunity to add something new.