Anatomy of a Chair
Sept. 22nd to Oct. 31st
Opening Reception Sunday Sept. 22, 2 to 6 pm
Chairs first emerged during the Stone Age, most likely in the form of a comfortable rock, as a way for our ancestors to escape the cold damp ground. This instantly separated us from those so-called lowly, groveling furry creatures also living in the forest. Sometime later, a crafty carpenter living in ancient Egypt created the support of a back, four legs, and a seat. This invention elevated certain people in stature as well a status, as in a throne: think King Tut, Archie Bunker, Captain Kirk, and any chairman of the board. Meanwhile, other folks settled for a second class stool-like structure- closer to a rock.
Although today, a very common, everyday and versatile object, the chair is rather amazing. It is the only piece of man-made technology modeled in perfect proportion to that of the human body. It’s parts bear the same names as our own parts. It provides a single personal space in formation to a single shape, making one feel nearly indistinguishable from it. In essence, a chair is not potentially a chair unless its being sat in. People often claim ownership to a favorite chair, but just like a child’s beloved stuffed toy, it will eventually transform as it’s joints loosen, the fabric wears thin and the stuffing empties out. Pity the unfortunate chair that finds itself set outside on the street curb.
To sit in a chair, allows our bodies the innate desire to relax and do nothing so that our minds can wonder and reason. Problems have been solved, treaties signed, great books written, and babies rocked - the list is endless. It is difficult to imagine a world without chairs, but that would be interesting.
For this exhibit, we ask artists to consider the motif of the chair, and how it relates and is used, (or misused) in our world. All media is accepted. Submissions may be historical, political, spiritual, metaphysical, mechanical, organic or anthropomorphic, just to name a few.