Real Fine Arts is proud to present Knoll Sofa, by Colby Bird. The exhibition will runfrom Friday March 12th through Sunday April 11th, 2010. Please join us for an openingreception on Friday March 12th, 2010, from 6-9 PM.
A Florence Knoll Sofa is placed in an otherwise empty gallery space. As an icon ofmodernism, the sofa places it’s bet on functionality, all the while recalling a classist symbol of upward mobility, upholstered in the guise of utopian ideals.The marred appearance of Bird’s sofa suggests a general malaise or negative stance,underlining a comedic cynicism, which posits a quiet protest against standards of aesthetics and the marketplace. Placed alone in a gallery with limited commercial viability, the object presents a readymade death sentence, simultaneously critiquing andengaging in it’s own marketability. In this sense it becomes a radical gesture—rendering itself impotent when confronted with the reality of its price tag—ultimately guaranteeing its return to functionality in the artists studio.
Colby Bird is represented by CRG Gallery, New York. This is his second solo show inNew York. He has exhibited widely in the US and abroad, and is included in numerousprivate collections as well as a number of public collections, including the WhitneyMuseum of American Art.