ART OF SITTING44 RUE DE LA CHAUSSEE D'ANTIN PARIS 9ème

25/01/2019 to 26/02/1019

« ART of SITTING » by Toolsgalerie “Etat de siege – State of Siege” by Loïc Bigot. In the bare space, the gallerist displays an inventory of contemporary forms associated with the functional principle of sitting. An experimental demonstration, a discussion around the potentialities of interpretation… ultimately, an exercise on the nature of language and creativity expressed in the delineated field of furniture Design. The subject is archaic: seats appeared at the dawn of civilization. A symbol of power, they evolved from curule seat to throne. They support, uphold, posture, poise, and provide a sense of comfort. Many artists have celebrated these mute and movable servants with sensitive commentary: a form of self-portrait in Vincent's Chair with His Pipe by Van Gogh (1888), a fantastical surrealist object in Wheelbarrow (1937) by Oscar Dominguez, a structural deviance in Fat Chair (1963) by Josef Beuys, a sculptural and political dimension in Clarice Chair (1982) by Niki de Saint-Phalle. Bertrand Lavier also challenged its use in Panton/Fagor (1984). The “Art of sitting” exhibition invites us to partake in a story which, rather than imitate, expands the issue of seating through innovation. Although not quite artists, the designers Loïc Bigot has selected do offer an ambiguous and rich vision. They envision the object as a representation of power, a new democracy, a technological advance, and reflect on the potentialities of sculpture confronted with function. An open language questioning the codes and standards of seating. The object turns political manifesto (Anna Aagaard Jensen), archetypal (Jean de Piepape), statutory (Frédéric Ruyant), revelatory of matter (Philipp Aduatz), (Sho Ota), ode to the craftsman’s handiwork (Maarten Baas), (Morten Stenbaek), inspired by other cultural traditions (Cara/Davide), (Guillaume Delvigne), sculptural (Stine Mikkelsen), constructive (Yohan Viladrich), (Bram Vanderbecke), (Boris Vian), deviant (Mario Minale), industrialist (OO&OOs), playful (Schimmel & Schweikle) or performative (Snarkitecture). A repertoire of unexpected forms with a poetic, playful and critical dimension. Unsettling – or unseating - food for thought. Anne Bony, December 18 2018
ANNA AAGAARD JANSEN Only women can sit on the chair
SNARKITECTURE Slip Chair
BORIS DENNLER Radiator Chair
MARCEL WANDERS Carved Chair - Knotted Chair Gold
BORIS VIAN Chaise Musicale
ROOMS Wild Minimalism
CARA/DAVIDE Rest Chair
GUILLAUME DELVIGNE Utah
MORTEN STENBAEK Whale Chair
PHILIPP ADUATZ Tile Chair - Melting Chair black chrome
STINNE MIKKELSEN Tactile Monolith - The Art of Sitting
SHO OTA According to the grain
MAARTEN BAAS Clay Furniture
JOHAN VILADRICH Ratio RB02 banc bronze
OO and OOS Tunnel
JEAN DE PIEPAPE AES 31 chaise en marbre
BRAM VANDERBEKE Stacking stools
FREDERIC RUYANT Lector Chair
SCHIMMEL & SCHWEIKLE Return to default
MARIO MINALE Lego Chair
Previous exhibitions
du 14 au 17 mars 2019COLLECTIBLE 2019du 25 janvier au 26 février 2019ART OF SITTINGDu 9 février au 7 avril 2018NEW TALENTSETE 2018TOOLSGALERIE A LA BAULE été 2018Mars 2018COLLECTIBLE