per•verse /pɚˈvɜrs/ adj.
willfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary wayward; cantankerous persistent or obstinate in what is wrong turned away from what is right, good, or proper
Artspace is pleased to present Perverse Furniture, a group exhibition that upsets conventional notions of furniture to explore a range of materially expressive and emotionally intelligent "designs for the body". Organized on the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus, this exhibition explores how three generations of U.S. based artists grapple with the German school's legacies and ideological roots. The artists include: Graham Anderson, Johanna Bresnick, Bernadette Despujols, Brian Galderisi, Robert Gregson, Crystal Heiden, Robert Chase Heishman and Megan Schvaneveldt, Meredith James, Kyle Kearson, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Jeff Ostergren and Jessi Reaves.
The practices on display share Bauhaus's core concern to understand humankind's place among machines. But rather than strive for the possibility of a perfect marriage between art, technology and industry, they interrogate the ways that objects serve our physical and psychological needs. Looking broadly at overlaps in art, architecture and design today, the works are aesthetically antithetical to the iconic objects of Bauhaus design.1 In their quests to humanize design, they are inefficient, weepy, oddball, excessive, loud, legible, performative, humorous, participatory, kitsch, impenetrable, impractical, non-functional, overbearing, multi-centered, uneven, empathetic, multivalent, and sometimes so perverseas to be nearly alive.
This exhibition is co-curated by Artspace Curator/Gallery Director, Sarah Fritchey, and New Haven based architect/artist, Aude Jomini. It was made possible by the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Arts, New Haven Museum, Yale University School of Architecture, and Friends of Artspace.
May 19-June 29. Reception: May 19, 1 p.m.