Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again
September 6, 2014–January 12, 2015
Forum Gallery + Hall of Architecture
Carnegie Museum of Art presents the first solo museum exhibition of one of the most enigmatic creative minds working today: Sebastian Errazuriz. Errazuriz’s work straddles and blurs the boundaries between art and design, tantalizing viewers with work that is simultaneously lyrical, macabre, and eloquent. This focused survey, Look Again, presents a rare opportunity to see the scope of his work from the last 10 years, assembled together for the first time. Through found and repurposed objects, unexpected interventions, and meticulously crafted interactive furniture, Errazuriz surprises, provokes, and engages at every turn, asking viewers to rethink the everyday, to confront the transience of life, and to question the status quo.
A gallery of high resolution images is available.
Errazuriz challenges audiences to look again, with absurdly beautiful works that become memento mori, inviting serious contemplation as well as laughter. A floating coffin with an outboard motor offers an escape from life with style and flair; a dramatic custom racing motorcycle fitted with a delicate bird carcass conjures the thin margin between life and death; and a desk lamp resurrects a discarded taxidermy duck.
Masterworks of contemporary design, Errazuriz’s functional cabinetry confounds and delights with unexpected mechanisms, kinetic elements, and visual surprises. A tall cabinet guards its contents with tens of thousands of bamboo spikes; another unfolds with porcupine-like quills. A new kinetic cabinet will be unveiled in this exhibition; it explodes outward while retaining beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanisms so complex that they took more than a year to perfect.
Errazuriz’s thoughtful and provocative social practice comes to light through his Occupy Chairs, which literally carry the cries of the 99% into the homes of the art collectors in the 1%, and through photography and documentary footage of selected public art projects in Chile and the United States. More than one hundred drawings along with hand-carved maquettes, functional prototypes, and 3-D printed models from Errazuriz’s studio allow a closer look at the creative mind and process behind this unique range of art and design.
Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again reveals the artist and designer’s wide-ranging talent, and his ability to be shocking and irreverent, yet profoundly sensitive.
Sebastian Errazuriz is the 73rd installment of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series, and is curated by Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.
Support for Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again has been provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art and the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation. General operating support for Carnegie Museum of Art is provided by The Heinz Endowments and Allegheny Regional Asset District. Carnegie Museum of Art receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museum of Art was founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, it is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished collection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the oldest surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understand of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org.
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