claire healy + sean cordeiro interweave LEGO and IKEA furniture
claire healy + sean cordeiro interweave LEGO and IKEA furniture claire healy + sean cordeiro interweave LEGO and IKEA furniture
aug 31, 2014
claire healy + sean cordeiro interweave LEGO and IKEA furniture


claire healy + sean cordeiro interweave LEGO and IKEA furniture
kitchen / pantry – seal, 2014
lego, ikea foot stool and plant
103 × 110 × 112cm

 

 

 

roslyn oxley9 gallery in sydney presents its first exhibition with collaborating artists claire healy and sean cordeiro: ‘venereal architecture’ investigates the typologies of inhabitable spaces and how humans are constantly adapting and manipulating the built world in order to cope with the elements that share our environment. prompted by a nomadic lifestyle of travel, packing and unpacking, accumulation, storage and freight, the two artists have interpreted these experiences into their practice overall, as well as within the exhibition. ‘we build structures that enclose and protect us from nature. air conditioning controls the temperature and we domesticate animals so they can live with us.‘ healy and cordeiro describe ‘our control over nature (or lack there of) is central to this body of work.’

lego and ikea furniture series by claire healy + sean cordeiro
bedroom 3, baby’s room — lion, 2014
lego, IKEA changing table, change mat and plants
130 × 150 × 160cm

 

 

 

the series of sculptures unite LEGO and IKEA, two famous brands renowned for their buildability, practicality and functionality.they are both objects of aspiration that require assembly.’ the artists describe of the companies ‘LEGO, which we grew up with, represents the dreams and fantasies of a child; IKEA furniture, which has become so ubiquitous, represents the dreams and fantasies of an adult. by meshing these two objects together we can think about the gap between our fantastic dreams and our banal longings.’ both are emblematic of destruction and construction, consistent themes throughout the artists’ oeuvre.

lego and ikea furniture series by claire healy + sean cordeiro
upstairs living room – tortoise, 2014
lego, ikea coffee table and plant
75 × 109 × 62cm

 

 

 

animals of various descriptions are interwoven into the small, assembled furnitures — a seal meets a stool, a lion steps through a baby-changing station and a colorful dolphin is merged with a kitchenette. ‘the works represent our sublimated animal urges expressed through shopping. we believe that the combination of ikea and sex is palpable. visiting an ikea showroom is a serious group-nesting experience: like giant bower birds, we carry around our blue object bag in the vague hope of getting laid if we curate the right combination of objects into our love-nests. the consumer experience must be the result of some natural urge gone slightly wrong’.

lego and ikea furniture series by claire healy + sean cordeiro
downstairs entertainment area — manta ray, 2014
lego, ikea bathroom shelves, light and terrarium
112 × 220 × 175cm

lego and ikea furniture series by claire healy + sean cordeiro
kitchenette — dolphin, 2014
lego, ikea shelf and plan
65 × 106 × 42cm

lego and ikea furniture series by claire healy + sean cordeiro
garage / tool shed — doe, 2014
lego, ikea trestle with shelf and plant
130 × 150 × 70cm

lego and ikea furniture series by claire healy + sean cordeiro
installation view at roslyn oxley9 gallery

lego and ikea furniture series by claire healy + sean cordeiro
installation view at roslyn oxley9 gallery

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