Roy Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke Chair & Ottoman

What does Dali, Giacometti & Lichtenstein have in common?

Functional Art? It’s Art, Design and a fluidity of genres combined.

Salvador Dali, the Giacometti brothers, Alberto and Diego, and Roy Lichtenstein were pioneers in the functional art space.

It is an old tradition even in New Zealand a century and a half ago, the Jurors of furniture for the 1865 International Exhibition in Dunedin expressed their optimism for the future of the industry. For a population of approximately 185,000 Europeans, there were more than 200 furniture making
enterprises in the new colony at the time.

Roy Lichtenstein image Brushstroke Chair and Ottoman, was Laminated and lacquered white birch plywood, 177.8 × 45.7 × 68.6 cm, 1986-1988.

He often took the brushstroke as an artistic statement in itself, and converted the iconic pop brush stroke of two dimensions into three dimensions. The Brushstroke Chair and Ottoman. mulated the comic strip style of his two-dimensional candy-coloured artworks, his foray into furniture design resulted in numerous variations on this theme, in multiple colours of painted white birch wood veneer.

Furniture as Contemporary Art

Blurring the lines between fine art and design, diverse natural materials are used to create works that respond to a contemporary style of curation that seek both exploration and functionality.

Trent Jansen and Johnny Nargoodah Ngumu Janka Warnti All Made from Rubbish
Trent Jansen and Johnny Nargoodah, Ngumu Janka Warnti (All Made from Rubbish) Low Chair with Low Back, Black, 2020, New Zealand leather and aluminium, 80 x 65 x 75 cm. Image courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney

In New Zealand Functional Art was being produced & exhibited by Michael Glock amongst many others.

When Matisse said that ‘art should be like a comfortable armchair’ it is doubtful that he had in mind the possibility of such works of art as Michael Glock’s “Survival Furniture.”

Michael Glock's Survival Furniture. Functional Art in Autumn 1982 in Art New Zealand.
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There is something beautiful and dangerous about a working foundry. It’s amazing that the technique of lost wax casting is still virtually unchanged for the last 7000 years. The startling thing is the timelessness of the art—the age-old technique of Lost Wax Casting.

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