bauhaus fisher price
11 Jul 2012—28 Jul 2012
Inspired by the wild colours, patterns and shapes of the Italian design collective Memphis Group, Liang Luscombe expands painting beyond the canvas into the realm of the functional and spatial. Luscombe has appropriated (or more accurately “knocked off”) Memphis Groups member Andrea Branzi’s 1980 Ginger chair, mixing together high-end design aesthetics with a do-it-yourself ethos in order to explore the almost volatile way in which the value of objects is created and exchanged.
This project attempts to navigate contemporary painting, whereby painting becomes only a part of the overall design of the chair. Luscombe acknowledges her inability to create ‘original’ artworks and instead celebrates her own artist block through remaking Branzi’s design of the most ubiquitous of furniture: the chair. Enrolling in a Introduction to furniture making night class in order to build this piece of high-end furniture design, Luscombe attempts to navigate the process of appropriation whereby these works stand somewhere between the original and the Luscombe’s own making.
Catalogue Essay here.