Sunday, January 29, 2012

Furniture of the mind: Eric Ku

Eric Ku, Chair/Chair, 2009, in the Walker Art Center’s Graphic Design: Now in Production. The exhibition documentation label adjacent to the piece states:
Eric Ku’s Chair is made from pieces that when taken apart, spell out the word “chair”.  Ku was inspired by a famous work by conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth. One and Three Chairs (1965). Kosuth placed a real chair in the gallery next to a photograph of the same chair (photographed in that gallery) and a definition from a dictionary. 
Regarding his conceptual artwork, Joseph Kosuth has said:
Fundamental to this idea of art is the understanding of the linguistic nature of all art propositions, be they past or present, and regardless of the elements used in their construction. 

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