Fletcher Orr, Joe
Joe Fletcher Orr’s Orranorco emerged from a boast made by the artist’s father that he could make a rug better than any they sold on the family’s rug stall. The resulting artwork, which Orr sees as a collaboration with his father, shares its name with the stall, ‘Orr and Orr co’. This name, provided by Orr’s grandfather, is a play on ‘Morocco’ – the place from which the stall bought its rugs. Orr’s sculptures, performances and installations use humour to undermine the ‘seriousness’ of the art world, and the authority of the art object. Orr traces his willingness to poke fun at his own work and contemporary art to visits he made with his father to art galleries as a young boy, when he would be encouraged to laugh at many of the works on display.
  • Artwork Details: 170 x 120cm
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  • Material description: Rug, textiles
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
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  • Medium: Textile
  • Accession number: ACC26/2014



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