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Furniture by Artists. David Risley Gallery. 17 March – 28 April 2018

28795319_1714624245290661_4136417900232953457_nWhere does sculpture end and furniture start? Where do art and design meet? The exhibition Furniture by Artists – Chair, Chair, Chair, Lamp, Table, Bed, Sofa includes chairs, sculptures of chairs and sculptures that use chairs as material. Richard Woods made a chair. Matt Calderwood took a ‘For Sale’ sign and made it into a chair. Anna Bjerger found a chair and used it as a surface for painting



What about Scandinavian design? What we do we think of when we think of Danish design? Wood, nature, harmony, candle light, calm, coziness. What about Verner Panton, one of the great Danish designers of the mid 20c. Somehow his brightly coloured, plastic, pop influenced work doesn’t fit the Danish image of itself. The Nordic brand that has been retrospectively packaged and sold to the world has become a self fulfilling prophecy adopted and believed by the Danes themselves. The exhibition examines all this as the David Risley Gallery has made a twisted, surreal furniture store to take a look at alternative histories and realities. A place where Verner Panton is as Danish as Hans Wegner. Hygge is not the only option.

Simon Starling, A Zig-Zag Chair

Simon Starling, A Zig-Zag Chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1934 and reproduced using 45,910 year-old swamp kauri wood in 2015, 2015, Swamp kauri wood

Simon Starling has remade Gerrit Rietveld‘s Zig Zag chair, an icon of modernism, using 45,910 year old wood which was found preserved and workable in a bog in Africa. Starling’s chair is placed on a plinth by Malene Landgreen, which sits on Maiken Bent’s carpet, all of this is lit by a Richard Woods lamp and positioned in front of Lothar Götz’s wall painting.

Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

Richard Woods, Cloud Light, 2014. Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

The gallery is a furniture store showing around 20 chairs, 18 lamps, 2 beds, 1 problem, a tv, a couple of benches, 6 tables, a hammock, a fireplace, lots of ceramics, bookshelves, framed pictures and lots more, by 28 artists. More will be added throughout the show.

Ditte Gantries, Sexual Feeling, 2018

Ditte Gantriis, Sexual Feeling, 2018, Iron, Copper, Hydrochloric Acid, Handmade Candles and Handblown Glass

During the exhibition the gallery will invite furniture experts – curators, shop owners and designers to reconfigure the displays. This is a furniture store, not a fixed, static exhibition. The Helen Frik ceramics sitting on the FOS table can be bought and carried away. So can the FOS table. And they might even have a closing sale.


Artists: Maiken Bent, Anna Bjerger, Milena Bonifacini, Ib Brasse, Matt Calderwood, Desmond Church, Alex Da Corte, Graham Dolphin, FOS, Helen Frik, Ryan Gander, Ditte Gantriis, Poul Gernes, Lothar Götz, James Hyde, John Kørner, Malene Landgreen, Albert Mertz, Maria Nepomuceno, Opavivará!, Torben Ribe, Charlie Roberts, Simon Starling, Superflex, Daniel Svarre, Evren Tekinoktay, Pernille Kapper Williams, Richard Woods

Ditte Gantriis, Sexual Feeling, 2018, Iron, Copper, Hydrochloric Acid, Handmade Candles and Handblown Glass
Ryan Gander, Styling out of fatigue – Aatif (age 11), 2011, Wood, mirror, plants
Anna Bjerger, Dive, 2016, oil on wooden chair
FOS, Work Table, 2017, Steel and wood
Graham Dolphin, Love Is The Devil (Francis Bacon’s chair), 2014, Wood, metal, vinyl, oil paint, varnish, graphite, ink, plastic
SUPER FLEX, Red Blue Chair (Zanzibar Version), 2007, Dark wood from Zanzibar
Daniel Svarre, Just Frustration, 2016, Wood and metal
Matt Calderwood, For Sale Chair (Foxtons), 2018, Wood and plastic coated card
Simon Starling, A Zig-Zag Chair designed by Gerrit Rietveld in 1934 and reproduced using 45,910 year-old swamp kauri wood in 2015, 2015, Swamp kauri wood
Richard Woods, Cloud Light, 2014
Alex Da Corte, Bench (Slow Grafitti), 2017


Furniture by Artists. Chair, Chair, Chair, Lamp, Table, Bed, Sofa. 

17 March – 28 April 2018

David Risley Gallery, Bispevej 29, Copenhagen 2400, Denmark




About jeh

Jeremy Hunt is Director of the AAJ Press (Art & Architecture Journal / Press) – a writer and consultant on art and public space


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