A common first reaction to Tony Feher’s lively retrospective at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA is, “Why is this art?”
Upon entering the gallery, visitors are immediately submerged into a playful mecca of humble found materials. Coca Cola crates, empty jars, marbles, caps, plastic bottles, broomsticks, ice cube trays and fake flowers have all found a home here. Amidst this panoply, it can be difficult to take the time to look beyond the everyday use of each component and embrace its inherent characteristics.
The show opens on a glorious spread of Feher favorites. “Take It Up With Tut” (pictured) consists of a wide array of stacked, poured, tied and carefully-positioned objects on an immense worktable.