Craft & Design
The Drawing Chair

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If you’re a restless sitter who’d like to turn your squirming into an aesthetically productive activity, then you might consider making yourself a drawing chair.

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After examining the construction of an ordinary pencil, artist Rebecca Szeto took a trip to the hardware store to gather the necessary materials to build The Drawing Chair, a wooden chair with giant pencils for legs. The resulting piece of sculpture became part of a whimsical installation in which children interacted with the chair to create abstract marks on the floor.

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The Drawing Chair is just one of Szeto’s recent works that considers the role of commonplace objects in our lives and how we deal with them, along with her fantastic series of Paintbrush Portraits.

My work plays with subtle shifts of perception and provides open-­ended, visual prompts that encourage creative interaction and completion from the viewer.

Judging by the results of the performance, it certainly looks like a good time was had by all!

6 thoughts on “The Drawing Chair

  1. This is a cool project but “My work plays with subtle shifts of perception and provides open-­ended,
    visual prompts that encourage creative interaction and completion from
    the viewer” makes me want to scream. Who is this statement directed at? Art should be accessible, yet statements like this obfuscates the meaning of the work and confuse the audience. ‘I made a chair out of huge pencils that leaves marks as it’s scooted across the floor because it’s fun’ might not impress the Miami Basel crowd, but it makes sense to the average viewer. Let’s tear down the ivory towers and make art fun and accessible!

    1. I would like to think the average thinking viewer is intelligent enough to understand things aren’t just “fun”. It is accessible because even a 3 yr old child can understand it, but a bit of thoughtfulness would make the average everyday person more than a walking stump.

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  2. This is a great and innovative idea, but it leads to a certain amount of questions that popped into my head. If the legs become dull, how would you sharpen them? And if you need to sharpen them, how would you make sure that the chair’s legs are an equal length?

    1. You sharpen them, by whittling. The chair can be used almost to the nubs (the pencil leads are about 4 inches long). You can try and make them even, though the joy of it is about going with the flow and seeing where experience/experimenting with the chair takes you. What happens when you try and sit, push, draw when it’s uneven? It’s all unknown; that’s the point. It’s more important that the participant/viewer stay sharp throughout. ;)

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