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“Take a Chair” Exhibition at La Huipilista Artspace

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By Alberto Lenz

In our everyday world, there are few objects as fascinating as chairs. Simple and complex at the same time, rustic or sophisticated, chairs are always present in our lives. Sitting on one of them we study and eat, we work and talk, we seduce and think, we wait and, sometimes, we even sleep.

A chair can be a basic object built by a tradesman, or an industrial product manufactured in series. It can also be a luxury item, unrepeatable, created only once. It can become a symbol of power for a king or a president, or it can be an instrument of torture and execution for a prisoner condemned to death.

A chair can be our companion in sleeplessness, like the early mornings we spend sitting in front of a computer, or it can be our accomplice in the darkness of a bar. It can be our counselor on a romantic date with the love of our life, or our friend and partner in school.

For this constant presence in our lives, and its variety of uses, the chair has been an object of attention for architects, artists, and designers. There are some highly coveted and famous, such as the Red-Blue Chair by Gerrit Rietveld and the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe. In museums and galleries we find treasured chairs created by Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Kuzama, and Friedeberg, just to name a few.

“Take a Chair” is an independent artistic project that, keeping all the above in mind, has summoned a select group of renowned artists from San Miguel de Allende to depart from their usual artistic production, and transfer their respective languages into the world of the chair. Organized and curated by Alberto Lenz, the exhibition consists of basic wooden chairs reworked and re-visioned in different ways, with total thematic and technical freedom, by eight invited artists: Ri Anderson, Lena Bartula, Federico Corea, Erica Daborn, Gene Johnson, Alejandra Mendoza, Linda Soberman, and Lenz himself.

Representatives of the international artistic community of San Miguel, these artists worked on their chairs from very different lenses and perspectives, giving the exhibition an extraordinary conceptual and visual richness. The results are amazing and generated, for most of the artists, new paths of artistic exploration.

As a result of a collective effort, “Take A Chair” is, without a doubt, a fresh and novel expression of the multicultural artistic scene of San Miguel.

 

Art Exhibition

“Take a Chair”

Sat, Apr 7, 6–9pm

La Huipilista Artspace, Julian Carrillo 1

lenabartula@gmail.com

415 111 3039

 

 

 

 

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