Prototype pour une chaise de jardin
Prototype pour une chaise de jardin was made from a standard plastic chair. The artist created irregularly contoured openings in the back and under the armrests using the thermoforming technique, a transformation that gives the object a more anthropomorphic appearance. After an initial test entitled Premier prototype pour une chaise de jardin in 2003, Mathieu Mercier has now produced a new version in resin. Like Marcel Duchamp with his readymades, he uses an everyday consumer product to question the place of the everyday object in art. Prototype pour une chaise de jardin is connected with Deux chaises (2003), a work that presented the designer Gerrit Rietveld’s chair next to a standard plastic garden chair.
Text written by Rosanne Moulin as part of the partnership between the École du Louvre and Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin.
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (France)
from 14 Nov 2007 to 29 Feb 2008