black matteboard, dimensions of existing chair

A paper object placed in the center of a room, amidst a sea of chairs, during a presentation. It looked like a chair, and therefore was treated like a chair: It was rotated to face each new wall as the presentation and people moved, yet remained a vacant and ominous abstraction of something we thought we understood. By removing a fundamental component in our understanding of a chair, the structure, our understanding of function is brought into question. There exists a complex duality between art and function. When these polarities are considered deeper, we realize that the boundary separating them is actually a very thin line. In the case of the chair, that which could be called “functional” and that which could be called “sculptural” can be made ambiguous by removing one simple component.



©2012 mandy johnson

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