Straddling the line between design and sculpture in what ArtForm critic Jenifer Borum calls "a stubborn hybridity," Forrest Myer's array of wire and metal seats and surfaces (we dare not call them chairs and tables) are currently being exhibited at San Francisco's Hedge Gallery. The pieces by the forties-born California native range from meticulous yet seemingly spontaneous wire "wads" to Zaha-esque swooping ribbons of anodized colored metals ("250 mph," above). On view at Hedge until November 8th.
â€œIâ€™m a sculptor, and I use use furniture as a venue, as an idea, a jumping off place to make sculpture,â€ says Forrest Myers. The Not Furniture exhibition is a fascinating combination that teeters between furniture and sculptural objects, showcasing the inherent properties of the material and the artist's early Jazz and Calder influences.
For more than 40 years, Myers' metal work has been both playful exploration and a venue for art and design critique. His early influences--jazz and Calder's sculptures--are evident in the "organized chaos" of the wire "orbs" and more gestural pieces that resemble an artist's stroke in metal form.
No Evil Bench
The Not Furniture exhibition combines his newest body of work, inspired by landscapes elements of his Pennsylvania farm, alongside signature pieces from earlier in his career.
On display October 8-November 8, 2008 at Hedge in San Francisco. Hedge was founded in 2003, specializing in 20th and 21st century design in the realms of furniture, objects, and art.