1999 - 2010
Recurring theme, leading on to Half a Million Chairs and Thrones
Made between 2004 - 2008.
In 1999 I painted a picture of a chair called "D=". Part of the series "Learning Games for Babies" it was one meter square (see paintings). It was a diagram pondering grand dilemmas. It was one of many, but for some reason that picture of a chair was important to me. Since then I've painted lots more, decorated buildings with chairs, built them, filmed them, photographed and written about them. There is a Chair Symphony on a cd somewhere, buried under other stuff. When people ask "why chairs?" there are various answers. A chair is a mundane and a universal symbol. It fits into any picture. An empty chair (all my chairs are empty) is even better, filled with possible meanings. Apart from that I wish to build a really big chair. All the works here are sketches for big sculptures, decorating landscapes, cities, also interiors, where they touch the ceiling. The project doesn't have an end date. To curate a group exhibition on the theme would be lovely. Returning to "why chairs?"; they are what I know best.
Miscellaneous chairs, virtual and real. Like the posters they are mostly studies for large sculptures to be installed, big as you like, anywhere you like. The first here is a concrete design for Alexander Platz in Berlin; the next three are for the Ventnor Botanic Gardens on the Isle of Wight. (The figure is Simon Goodenough, who almost went for one, but he got into trouble for putting a bus sculpture in view of some private homes, and that was it for Big Chairs there.)