Early in his career, Tom Sachs built a Knoll desk setup out of phone books and duct tape. Over the past three decades, the New York-based artist has continued to use everyday materials to recreate icons of consumerism as mixed-media sculptures (a Hello Kitty foam core; a McDonald’s made from plywood, glue and kitchen appliances).
He also created his own line of furniture.
Today, for the first time in more than 20 years, it is the subject of an exhibition in the United States: The Rebuild Foundation of Theaster Gates presents “Tom Sachs: Furniture” in partnership with Anthony Gallery at Stony Island Arts Bank in South Chicago. (until September 4, 2022).
From a latex-covered maple plywood loveseat with Spinneybeck leather cushions to a NASA folding chair showing signs of use (each “flew” astronauts to Mars via New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012), Sachs’ creations are a natural extension of his art. practical, that is, with traces of his work (joints, screws, all the imperfections) on full screen.
“I want the work to be the goal, because everything in our lives is done miraculously without any idea how it’s done,” the artist once said. Paper review of his work. “If we know how it’s made and how it breaks down, we’ll know how to rebuild it.”
Sachs has a workshop in North Carolina with Stokes Manufacturing, which produces its furniture in open editions. Each piece is numbered on a hand-engraved plaque.
Below, see a selection of images from “Tom Sachs: Furniture”.
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