Everyday designs often bear inadvertent traces of the beliefs and values of the people who produced them. But sometimes, it’s hard to look critically at the things we interact with every day. Several artists are creating works at the intersection of furniture and sculpture. Working within a lineage that includes Donald Judd, Mona Hatoum, Kaari Upson, and Scott Burton, today’s artists prompt viewers to train their curious gaze on familiar objects. Some of their works are semi-functional, while others aren’t meant to be touched—let alone used—and nearly all are one-of-a-kind. All in all, these works might be described as furniture about furniture.
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