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Artschwager’s furniture sculptures take the appearance of functional objects, while emphasising their own lack of function. The sculpture is made using painted wood and
Formica, a cheap material employed by furniture makers and decorators to imitate the surface of wood. Artschwager has related his use of Formica to the collage techniques of Picasso and Braque, encouraging the viewer to see such materials simultaneously as objects in themselves and as mimetic representations of something else. Artschwager began to make art based on furniture in the early 1960s, when he was associated with Pop.

February 2011