Robert Therrien takes familiar or mundane symbols and disconnects them from their expected contexts.
Drawing, in part, from his childhood fascination with cartoons, Therrien reduces images such as bows, feet, duckbills, smoke signals, and snowmen to their simplest form. In doing so, these images become abstract forms floating in space, forcing viewers to reorient their preconceived notions of symbols and their meanings. Welcome to the world of Robert Therrien.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website