Lecture: Roy McMakin
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With a practice that encompasses roles as artist, designer, architect, and furniture maker, Roy McMakin wholeheartedly acknowledges an elasticity of meaning. His projects may appear to be objectively one thing—a chair or a house, for example—but they hold layered emotional content. Many of his pieces are inspired by visual and verbal puns and other conceptual conceits: a boudoir in which every drawer is painted a different shade of white and every drawer knob is a slightly different size; the frame of his adolescent bed bisected by a mirror to explore both physical and psychological space; a partially-shaved white and black shag rug that reveals how graphic flatness can depend on three-dimensional construction. McMakin’s art forces viewers to focus on the ontological complexities of furniture—which, while it occupies the same space as sculpture, is not culturally recognized as such.
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McMakin has been the subject of exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; and the Portland Art Museum. Group exhibition venues include Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. In 2010, Skira Rizzoli published a comprehensive monograph on McMakin titled When Is a Chair Not a Chair.
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