“Since 2004, I collected
variations, or paraphrases of the famous The Ant chair by Arne Jacobsen, which he designed in 1951 for a canteen of
a Danish company and which was continued in 1955 in the Series 7: Tubular steel
legs and a seat made from form-moulded laminated veneer.
Arne Jacobsen uses a technique invented by Charles and Ray Eames through which plywood can be bent in three dimensions. To this day, these models have found countless modifications and imitations. Within its formal variations we can find prototypical figures of modern sculpture, as were introduced by Jean Arp or Henry Moore.
I bought these chairs second hand but also brand new. In my studio, they are restored – if needed ? pre primed and finished with a gold varnish. On the one hand the colour gold takes a stand against the dogma of material truthfulness of modernity. On the other hand it serves as a statement on monochromy.”
Artist: Heimo Zobernig
Venue: Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp
Date: March 13, 2020 –
Photography by: Vildana Memic.
© Heimo Zobernig, Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp.