Look Again. 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 decade of art and design, together for the first time
Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) presents the first solo museum exhibition of Sebastian Errazuriz, one of the most enigmatic creative minds working today. Errazuriz’s work straddles and blurs the boundaries between art and design, tantalizing viewers with work that is simultaneously lyrical, macabre, and eloquent. This survey, Look Again, presents the first-ever opportunity to see the scope of his practice from the last 10 years. 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. Please see below for the exhibition’s events and programming.
Presented across three distinct spaces, Look Again offers a comprehensive examination of Errazuriz’s practice. In CMOA’s Forum Gallery, furniture, products, sketches, and prototypes underscore his meticulous craftsmanship and wit. Masterworks of contemporary design, Errazuriz’s functional cabinetry confounds and delights. One example, Magistral, guards its contents with tens of thousands of bamboo spikes; another unfolds with porcupine-like quills. A new kinetic cabinet, Explosion expands to the brink of stability while retaining beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanics so complex that they took more than a year to perfect. The designer’s insightful and provocative social practice emerges through his Occupy Chairs, which literally carry the protest messages of the 99% into the homes of the art collectors in the 1%.
In the museum’s magnificent Hall of Architecture, a 107-year-old collection of monumental plaster casts, a selection of conceptually-driven works stand under the artist’s own cartoonish yet sobering reminder of mortality, a piano, suspended above visitors, from the hall’s 70-foot ceiling. These absurdly beautiful memento mori invite serious contemplation as well as laughter. A floating coffin with an outboard motor suggests the ultimate act of personal agency: ending life on one’s own terms, with style and flair. A dramatic custom racing motorcycle fitted with a delicate taxidermy bird conjures the thin margin between life and death. A coffee table contains layers of flat artworks; peeling away to reveal a life-sized photograph of the artist, positioned as though on a stretcher or autopsy table.
A video documentary selection of Errazuriz’s public art projects in Chile and the United States, shown in the museum’s foyer, will demonstrate some of the artist’s most visible attempts to tackle life’s weighty issues: mortality, war and violence, and social and economic inequality. Thrust onto unsuspecting viewers in everyday life, these murals and staged events insistently start conversations in the public sphere.
Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again reveals the artist and designer’s wide-ranging talent, and his ability to be shocking and irreverent, yet profoundly sensitive. The exhibition is organized by Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at CMOA.
Sebastian Errazuriz and Rachel Delphia are available for interview. Please contact Jonathan Gaugler at email@example.com to arrange an interview or a viewing of the exhibition.
Sebastian Errazuriz is the 73rd installment of Carnegie Museum of Art’s Forum series.
Events and Programs
Divergent Drawing with Sebastian Errazuriz
09/06/2014, 1–4 P.M.
Hall of Architecture, Forum Gallery, Yellow Studio
GENERAL $60, CMP MEMBER $48Sebastian Errazuriz; Sketch for Porcupine, 2010; Courtesy of Sebastian Errazuriz Studio
Designer and artist Sebastian Errazuriz credits sketching and drawing as his primary creative tools, “like turning the tap on and paying attention to what comes out.” But some design ideas diverge from expectations: how does something like a taxidermy duck become a lamp? How can a cabinet behave like a kaleidoscope?
In this rare opportunity, Errazuriz will share his working methods and how and why he uses the sketching process to quickly test ideas and concepts, and to envision everyday objects in new ways. Visit Look Again with Errazuriz and stretch your ability to think creatively via sketching exercises and lively conversation.
Don’t miss the chance to learn from one of the most exciting young designers on the global art scene today. This workshop is designed for both novice and advanced artists who are looking to broaden their creative foundation. Students will learn how to develop strategies for divergent, out-of-the-box thinking. Some drawing experience is required. Cost includes workshop materials.
Coffee with the Curator: Look Again
10/20/2014, 10:30 A.M.–12 P.M.
Carnegie Café, CMOA Theater
GENERAL $35, CMP MEMBER $28
10:30–11 a.m.: Light breakfast in the Carnegie Café
11–12 p.m.: Illustrated talk with curator Rachel Delphia, The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, in the CMOA Theater
Through a series of visits to artist/designer Sebastian Errazuriz’s studio, CMOA curator Rachel Delphia got an inside look at the world of this rising creative star, from objects and sketches, to the development of prototypes. Errazuriz’s furniture, products, public art, and sculpture surprises, provokes, and engages at every turn, with beautiful functional objects that reveal unexpected twists.
Hear from Delphia about how, in Errazuriz’s eyes, a taxidermy duck finds new life as a desk lamp; a cabinet guards its contents with armor of bamboo spikes; and how folding chairs, painted with the slogans of Occupy Wall Street protesters, carry the messages of the 99% into the homes of the art collectors in the 1%.
Culture Club: Designers on Design
10/23/2014, 6:30–9 P.M.
Hall of Architecture, Forum Gallery, Carnegie Café
$10, Includes drink ticket
Hang out with some of Pittsburgh’s design professionals, grab a beer from Great Lakes Brewing Company, and discover the ingenious conceptual twists and clever mechanisms that make artist/designer Sebastian Errazuriz’s work so compelling.
Get an insider’s view on how designers approach problem solving from a few of Pittsburgh’s hottest designers. Then, try it yourself, with three hands-on projects posing challenges that demand creative thinking. Visit the exhibition, Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again and chat with curator Rachel Delphia, sketch on Errazuriz’s custom table, and cheat death while photographing yourself under a piano suspended from 70 feet above!
Support for Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again has been provided by The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, Richard L. Simmons, and Gordon and Kenny Nelson. 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.
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Image: Sebastian Errazuriz; Sketch for Porcupine, 2010; Courtesy of Sebastian Errazuriz Studio
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