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Artschwager’s sculptures are neither real, functional objects nor straightforward representations. They aim to call our attention to their nature as illusions. Artschwager has described them as ‘useful furniture with an overlay of representation’. This refers to his technique of applying the conventions used to depict form and space in illusionistic painting to three-dimensional objects. In this sculpture, the wood-grain and coloured plastic laminate are used to outline the forms of the table and chair and the empty areas around their legs or seat.

September 2004