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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.

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"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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