In this artwork called ‘Prose Poems’, the artist Daniel Spoerri has wall-mounted a wooden board which he once used for a table. He called these works his ‘tableaux-pieges’ which means ‘picture traps’. Notice how the objects which once stood on the table in the artist’s room have been ‘trapped’ and hung vertically on the wall like a picture?
What objects can you see? What do you think these objects tell us about the artist? What do you think Spoerri was doing at the time when he made this artwork?
Spoerri favoured the role of chance while making his work. It was important to the artist to display the objects exactly as he found them.
What objects might you find on a table either at home or at school? Think about how each object got there and why. How do you think their meaning would change if they were fixed on the wall and displayed like a picture for others to look at? What would these objects say to the viewer?