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Oakland's Johansson Projects Features Art Chairs in Exhibit

Chairs That Became Art

Earlier this year, I went to an exhibit at Johansson Projects called Excavations. This gallery show featured an exhibition of landscapes that attempted to blur the typical boundaries between nature and artifice. Eight artists participated in the show, including artist Yvette Molina, and displayed everything from nature-based paintings to ceramic branches that sprouted out of walls. One of the pieces I was most drawn to though was Scott Oliver's "The Valley," a piece made from a chair (I suppose this shouldn't be a surprise, given my interior-design obsession).

Scott found an overstuffed chair at a garbage dump, and deconstructed it into a wall sculpture of Hetch Hetchy. Using just the stuffing, threading, and other innards of the chair, the artist formed trees, cliffs, and hillsides.

To see another chair that intrigued me, just


"Portrait of George" by artist Elyse Hochstadt was another favorite of mine from this exhibit. The formal armchair was completely reupholstered with black feathers, and one large wing is draped against the chair's side. Apparently I wasn't the only one who loved the piece: I more recently spotted the chair at Oakland's uber-hip design studio/gallery/store FiveTen Studios.

What's your take on these reimagined chairs? I find them inspiring, but I'd love to hear what you think, too.



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sugarbecky sugarbecky 8 years
The top one bothers me, because I just imagine it being buggy or something, and the bottom one is sort of intriguing- definitely an art piece. It looks like a fallen angel or angel gone bad.
Jinx Jinx 8 years
I'm not really a fan. They make ugly chairs, and as art, meh, not that good, imo.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ummmm
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Ummmm
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
the black feathered one is a bit too vulture looking for me---scary.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 8 years
fugly
Creativa404 Creativa404 8 years
odd... A little creeped out.
Creativa404 Creativa404 8 years
odd... A little creeped out.
ond ond 8 years
Interesting intersection of furniture, art and environment. I'd like to know about the concepts behind each piece. very cool!
owlchicka owlchicka 8 years
"Portrait of George" (the feathered chair) is something I could see in the homes of many of my artist friends... rad!
grumpalita grumpalita 8 years
i like the first one. i especially like the wall art behind it, it looks thought out and notslapdash like one would think. i think it looks pretty cool. what i dont like about the chair is the rip along the front, it makes it look somewhat shabby, whick i know sounds ridiculous but i think it takes away from it somehow. i do however like the exposed coils, i have always been drawn to exposed coil in beds or chairs or something else. the second one is hard to see b/c of the flash but i cant turn away feathery items.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
strange...
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
strange...
emalove emalove 8 years
Completely agree, Biz.
biz biz 8 years
They're beyond hideous.
biz biz 8 years
They're beyond hideous.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Haha that bird feather one :ROTFL:
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Haha that bird feather one :ROTFL:
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