The Current Chair by Vivian Beer is part of an exhibition “The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design,” in The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, from November 24, 2012 through February 10, 2013. From April 28 – August 26, 2012 it was in the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC. The exhibition was organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville and the Jacobsen Collection of American Art. It presented a survey of American chair design from the early 19th century to the present with 40 chairs forming part of the exhibition.
Throughout my career, I’ve chosen metal for its rich symbolic meanings in each realm; it can function alternately as ornament, structure, and seduction in the successive guises of jewelry, sculpture or muscle cars.
I’ve revisited Vivian Beer’s VB Studio site and was pleasantly surprised, not to say smitten, by the quality of her site where I found this red Rocker.
Red Rocker was a hunt of subtlety within a not-so-subtle color range. I knew it had to be a saturated red but not quite a “lipstick” color…
I settled on one that is based in a violet range rather than a cadmium red. It is a tonal range that has been used on a number of Chevy “muscle” show cars. So it’s a combination of muscle and cosmetic. Lipstick and muscle cars have a lot in common!
I can relate to the choice as once I had to choose a red for a fast boat…the association evident from the front and view of this chair. Red Boats and Red Chairs come together here;-)
I can’t get enough of my fave category Chairchez La Femme. This time the lady behind her chairs: Vivian Beer and why not chose high heels as your inspiration?
Vivian Beer is fearless. That’s really the best way to describe her. The 33-year-old designer/maker takes steel and cuts it. Bends it. Shapes, welds, grinds, and sands it. She transforms it – by hand and machine – from rigid raw material into impossibly curvy furniture and sculpture. And she does all of this, more or less, alone.
Vivian Beer’s 2011 solo shows are at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art (Jul. 13 – Aug. 7), Manhattanville College’s Arthur M. Berger Art Gallery (Sept. 6 – 30, partnered with Purchase College), and Wexler Gallery (Oct. 7 – Nov. 25).