five chairs & ten tables

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Untitled, 2010 Big Leaf Maple And Varnish 15 X 15 X 30 In © The artist and Ambach & Rice
five chairs & ten tables

6148 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
November 5th, 2010 - December 5th, 2010
Opening: November 5th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Closed as of December 2014




EXHIBITION: five chairs & ten tables

A solo exhibit featuring new works by Roy McMakin

11.05.10 –12.05.10

Opening Reception 11.05.07 (7-9 p.m.)


AMBACH & RICE is pleased to present five chairs & ten tables, the gallery’s first solo exhibit with interdisciplinary Seattle based artist Roy McMakin.

McMakin’s work negates and challenges the presumed function and interpretation of our domestic environments through his conceptual multi tiered practice as architect, furniture designer, entrepreneur and artist. Through his practice McMakin aims to emphasize the sculptural quality of utilitarian objects, resulting in works both awkward and irreverent, exuding a presence simultaneously monastic and mischievous.

For five chairs & ten tables the gallery becomes a furniture showroom, highlighting the implicit relationship between art and commerce, an uneasy marriage typically spectacularized or refuted in the art world. McMakin resists both strategies opting instead to install his works without pretense or subtext, a gesture that could be construed as both banal and radical.

The furniture included in the exhibit resembles actors suspicious of the role in which they were cast, faltering between implied function and sculptural autonomy. Tabletops brashly cantilever over their pedestals while absconding voids that reveal the structures’ hollow insides; a space habitually denied a presence, subsumed by functional expectations. McMakin’s upholstered chairs alternately invite and admonish the viewer to sit down, their plush asymmetrical cushions dictating the space in which one can rest.  McMakin’s furniture activates our awareness of domestic entities that are otherwise taken for granted, resisting and transforming their passive and complacent associations.


Roy McMakin lives and works as artist, furniture designer and architect in Seattle where he operates and oversees his furniture shop Domestic Furniture, and his architectural firm Domestic Architecture. His first monographic survey entitled Roy McMakin: When is a chair not a chair? was recently published by Rizzoli Press. He was recently selected by Michael Darling, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to participate in the Artpace International Artist-in-Residence program, San Antonio, TX. Recent solo exhibitions include In and On, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, Another Country, Established and Sons, London, UK, and When is a chair not a chair?, Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York, NY. His work can be found in numerous national and international museum and private collections. He is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY.