Juror, Jack Larimore told DoN he’s a furniture maker first, it’s sculptural yet it’s furniture. Larimore liked seeing work by Philly region artists he had not seen before especially with an open ended concept like Dysfunctional Furniture – become part of the furniture, the piece above doubles as a font. Even things we perceive as being dysfunctional may have a function we are unaware of, a great metaphor for life.
Artist Deanna McLaughlin carried a matching mini shopping cart hand-bag to match her lounge chair made from a re-cycled shopping card and thrift store leather belts, the social implications of weaving our own furniture and learning from the homeless is palpable.
Holly E. Smith, Deceased Vole Coffee Table, wood, chair parts @ Dysfunctional Furniture @ Art in City Hall. Smith told DoN the sculpture started with the tail and gradually became an assemblage of objects, eventually an homage to dead voles. Artist Ted Warchal commented on how the legs of the sculpture are appropriately sized, larger in the rear, smaller in the front.
Hannah Fink @ Dysfunctional Furniture @ Art in City Hall, Philadelphia.
Michelle Post @ Dysfunctional Furniture @ Art in City Hall. Post uses salt & pepper shakers, some quite collectible, like sequins on her altar-like tissue box, a bizarre bedazzling of function, craft and stream of consciousness.
Lauren Frazer, Beauty is Only a Promise of Happiness, fabric, stuffing, plywood, synthetic human hair. “Furniture plays an important role creating theatrical context for my sculptures”. Dysfunctional Furniture @ Art in City Hall.
Herbert Simon, Chair Forward, welded steel, found objects. Dysfunctional Furniture @ Art in City Hall
Kay Healy, Stuffed, screen-printed fabric. Dysfunctional Furniture @ Art in City Hall.
Burnell Yow! The Puzzling Love Life of the Superhero, mixed media. Yow!s mirror reflects the puzzle of what we see in the mirror and the quest to get all the pieces of life fit together, even if it’s just because they touch without matching. Dysfunctional Furniture @ Art in City Hall.
Juror Albert LeCoff said Dysfunctional Furniture re-emphasizes what a strong region Philadelphia is for sculpture with an innovative use of material, one of the real surprises was Kay Healy’s fabric sculptures and the use of materials.
Art in City Hall is a great civic program with a new art space in Philadelphia City Hall of the 1st Floor; coordinator of Art in City Hall, Tu Huynh is featured on the web site for The National Arts Program. Thank you Tu for bringing art to the forefront of the civic consciousness in Philly and national attention to our artists.
December 16 – February 25.
Juried by Jack Larimore and Albert LeCoff and featuring artists: Gretchen Altabef, Carlos Avendano, Michael J. Brolly, Charna Eisner, Hannah Fink, Laura Frazure, Kay Healy, Lydia Hunn, Tara Inman-Bellofatto, Jack Larimore, Henry Loustau, Deanna McLaughlin, Ife Nii Owoo, Michelle Post, Matthew Alden Price, Leo Razzi, Maria Schneider, Adam Shuman, Herbert Simon, William Skrobut, Holly Smith, Chris Todd, Michael Wiley and Burnell Yow!
Art Gallery at City Hall, Room 116 and
1st and 2nd Floor display cases.