Marc Straus

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STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS

June 8 - July 28, 2018

Opening Reception
Fri June 8 2018, 6pm - 8pm

MARC STRAUS is pleased to present STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS, an exhibition focused on the seated object central to a work of art.

What is a chair? As prosaic as the query is, it has been the subject of contention for the greatest minds from Socrates to Wittgenstein. There is no archetypal chair, no Platonic form of ‘chairness’. Yet we openly define any object to sit on as a ‘chair’.

As a philosophical metaphor, the chair symbolizes authority and status. The word comes from the Old French chaiere (“chair, throne”), thus from ancient Egyptian royalty to European kings, individuals of power are often seated high. Notice how heads of organizations are referred to as chairpersons?

The sitting position implies a unique state – unlike standing with its relation to motion or lying with its relation to sleep- the chair signifies a rested disposition and a focusing of the mind. In his “Seat of The Soul: Three Chairs”, Arthur Danto asserts: “…I am struck that it is the sitting position that is spontaneously invoked in the philosophy of mind when one speaks of the seat of the soul, or of intelligence, or of a wisdom or reason. Descartes spoke of the pineal gland, a mysterious organ suspended like the seat of Breuer’s Wassily chair midway between the cerebral hemisphere, as the seat of the thinking essence of man.” In this context, the stone chair upon which Rodin’s Thinker perches is the essential bedrock to one of history’s most intense portrayals of contemplation.

Naturally, the seated object has been a subject of many artists. Consider Van Gogh’s rustic yellow chair, it is a personification of the artist. He painted a companion piece: Gauguin’s red armchair – all temperamental and fiery. These anticipated Marcel Duchamp’s readymade stool, Bicycle Wheel (1913). The more we look, we find seated objects appear in the greatest of paintings and sculptures, each time taking on new meanings and moods: Vermeer’s quiet, Cezanne’s uncertainty, Picasso’s lust, Warhol’s electric death.

The exhibition title STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS is from the eponymous 1988 work by Joel Otterson, Compact Disc Stereo Love Seats (Hot Wheels). One of many seminal sculptures in the show, Compact Disc Stereo Love Seats (Hot Wheels) consists of two sets of Victorian chairs cobbled together with seat coverings of Led Zeppelin. Both sets are plugged into a compact disc player that blasts rock music. The Orientalist (2007) is a bronze sculpture by the American-Pakistani artist Huma Bhabha. Regal, anachronistic, alien, the figure sits on a monumental throne as if a deity from another world. Folkert de Jong’s Dust (2004) sees a figure of Styrofoam and polyurethane foam with arms outstretched, defenseless and seemingly exhausted. His is a makeshift seat of ammo containers, fuel tins and cans – they heighten the sense of the futility of war. Rona Pondick’s anthropomorphic Chairman (1990) is adorned with shoes. In What It Felt Like to Be Human (2018) Jeanne Silverthorne encases her actual studio chair of years with silicone rubber wrappings and duct tape, paying fealty not only to its utility but her time of labor in the studio.

Strange, protean and necessary, the seated object is and will always be in the canonical history of Man’s evolution.

Featuring the works of artists Mark Manders, Joel Otterson, Huma Bhabha, Red Grooms, Rona Pondick, Michael Brown, Sandra Tomboloni, Woody de Othello, Jeanne Silverthorne, Folkert de Jong.

Photography by Ken Tan.

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STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS What It Felt Like to Be Human
2018
Silicone rubber
Chair: 41.5 x 19 x 18 inches
Figure: 6 x 4 x 3.5 inches 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Jeanne Silverthorne

What It Felt Like to Be Human
2018
Silicone rubber
Chair: 41.5 x 19 x 18 inches
Figure: 6 x 4 x 3.5 inches

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Works In Exhibition
STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS Figure with Iron Ruler 
2004
Painted aluminum, iron, and various materials
86.6 x 61 x 64.9 inches (220 x 155 x 165 cm)  2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Mark Manders

Figure with Iron Ruler
2004
Painted aluminum, iron, and various materials
86.6 x 61 x 64.9 inches (220 x 155 x 165 cm)

STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS Compact Disc Stereo Love Seats (Hot Wheels)
1988
Copper tubing and fittings, lacquered wood furniture, hand-painted acetate down-filled cushions, steel and rubber castors, compact disc player and speakers
51 x 44 x 27 inches (129.5 x 111.8 x 68.6 cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Joel Otterson

Compact Disc Stereo Love Seats (Hot Wheels)
1988
Copper tubing and fittings, lacquered wood furniture, hand-painted acetate down-filled cushions, steel and rubber castors, compact disc player and speakers
51 x 44 x 27 inches (129.5 x 111.8 x 68.6 cm)

STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS 2004
Styrofoam, polyurethane foam, silicone rubber
67 x 39.4 x 39.4 in (170 x 100 x 100cm)
 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Folkert de Jong, Dust

2004
Styrofoam, polyurethane foam, silicone rubber
67 x 39.4 x 39.4 in (170 x 100 x 100cm)

STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS 1990
Plastic, wax, shoes, comics, Unique
17 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 16 in (43.81 x 54.61 x 40.64 cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Rona Pondick, Chairman

1990
Plastic, wax, shoes, comics, Unique
17 1/4 x 21 1/2 x 16 in (43.81 x 54.61 x 40.64 cm)

STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS The Orientalist
2007
Bronze
70 x 33 x 41 inches (177.8 x 83.8 x 104 cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Huma Bhaba

The Orientalist
2007
Bronze
70 x 33 x 41 inches (177.8 x 83.8 x 104 cm)

STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS Desperately Optimistic
2006
Aluminum and stainless steel
Dimension Variable 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Michael Brown

Desperately Optimistic
2006
Aluminum and stainless steel
Dimension Variable

STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS Faceless Jug
2016
Ceramic, Underglaze, Glaze, Paint
48 x 31 x 16 inches (122 x 78.7 x 40.6 cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Woody de Othello

Faceless Jug
2016
Ceramic, Underglaze, Glaze, Paint
48 x 31 x 16 inches (122 x 78.7 x 40.6 cm)

STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS The Minister of Transportation
1974 - 1975
Mixed Media
53 x 38 x 68 inches (134.6 x 96.5 x 172.7 cm) 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Red Grooms

The Minister of Transportation
1974 - 1975
Mixed Media
53 x 38 x 68 inches (134.6 x 96.5 x 172.7 cm)

STEREO LOVE SEATS HOT WHEELS What It Felt Like to Be Human
2018
Silicone rubber
Chair: 41.5 x 19 x 18 inches
Figure: 6 x 4 x 3.5 inches 2018 Marc Straus Gallery
Jeanne Silverthorne

What It Felt Like to Be Human
2018
Silicone rubber
Chair: 41.5 x 19 x 18 inches
Figure: 6 x 4 x 3.5 inches

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