Of the recurrence of architectural fragments as the subject of these paintings, Artschwager says, "I was living in an old house in upstate New York where I had a small room with windows on two sides. I'd made some drawings of interiors that I liked, so I decided to make paintings of what was around me in this room. Then I made a list of the things in the paintings and enlarged them into another series of paintings--what I was doing was essentially a form of passionate narrowing."
At Burnett Miller, Artschwager will show Celotex paintings and several sculptures inspired by shipping crates. "I hadn't liked anything I'd made for a while," recounts the artist, "then one day as I was leaving the shop, I noticed a large crate sitting by the door and thought I'd like to make something as good as that. A crate is a skin, but it's also the thing itself. It's contradictory, strong and less fussy than the stuff I'd been making, so it appealed to me."