Day 49 – June 23rd – One and Three Chairs…and a Lollipop

One and Three Chairs...and a Lollipop

Digital collage

This piece is a play on Joseph Kosuth’s, One and Three Chairs, 1965

An example of conceptual art, the piece consists of a chair, a photograph of this chair, and an enlarged dictionary definition of the word “chair”. The piece is visual expression of Plato’s concept of The Forms.

One and Three Chairs is not meant to be beautiful or to demonstrate any technical artistic skill. No one has painted a picture of the chair, for example; Kosuth uses only photographic mechanical reproduction. His approach to his subject is highly intellectual and self-referential. He thinks the job of an artist was to investigate and question the nature of art. Here, Kosuth is interested in the play of three distinct ways (objects, pictures, and words) of representing the basic, banal fact of the chair. He forces the viewer to think about how these three modes communicate information. Moreover, the viewer must consider whether the differences among these types of representation are important or whether it is even possible to articulate those differences. One and Three Chairs is an artwork that challenges its viewers to consider how artworks engage their audiences.

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    I have been influenced by the "100 day challenge", or the "100 days of summer" that creative people continually participate in. In such a project, an artist, photographer, videographer, writer, etc. will create one thing everyday for 100 days in a row. This summer, I have decided to launch my own creative challenge that draws from this premise. I have sent out requests for addresses of all the people who are important to my life in one way or another. Instead of choosing an arbitrary number, such as 100, I have decided to make something creative everyday for as many days as there are addresses of people who have influenced my life, and in turn, influenced my art. Each day I will make something new and different and, at random, pull one of these names from a box. The item for the day will be mailed to that person. If they choose to participate in this collaborative project, I ask that they change, alter, add to, or respond to the item I have sent in any way they like. Each day I will photograph and post the item to be mailed out. When I receive them back, I will update that day’s post with a photo of the finished collaborative piece. The thumbnail for posts that have been updated will show a red triangle in the top right corner.

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