Nameless and Friendless
123 x 180 x 40cm
Two found chairs face each other poised for direct conversation. The positioning of the chairs, without accompanying tables or furnishings, indicates a focused, confrontational engagement of two parties.
The legs of one of the chairs has been cut off and attached below the legs of the other. The adulteration implies a hierarchy between the chairs, but has the effect of rending both imagined parties vulnerable and in precarious positions—one seated on the floor, the other raised high and on display, stranded with dangling feet.
The line of conversation has been disrupted and its up for debate as to whether a proper conversation could indeed take place here.
“With Nameless and Friendless, Lawrence removes the legs from one found chair and attaches them to the ends of another, making one absurdly tall and the other comically legless. The height difference implies a hierarchy yet both are made precarious and arguably useless by the modifications. Does more chair make a chair not a chair? How much chair can you remove before a chair is not a chair anymore?”
Excerpt from text by Matthew Freemantle
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