Out to Lunch
“The Destroyed Room”
“My first pictures like The Destroyed Room emerged from a re-encounter with nineteenth-century art’,” Wall has said. “Here, the work in question is The Death of Sardanapalus 1827 by Eugène Delacroix, which depicts the Assyrian monarch on his deathbed, commanding the destruction of his possessions and slaughter of his concubines in a last act of defiance against invading armies.”
Wall’s references are so extraordinary and thoughtful. Utilizing knowledge from studying Art History in his past, Jeff Wall translates and abstracts grand scenes into equally powerful images of people and objects of the 20th century. These large-scale photographs are mounted on light-boxes, adding an interesting dynamic to the interaction between viewer and sculptural nature of the photograph.