scott carter deconstructs walls to build furniture + sculptures scott carter deconstructs walls to build furniture + sculptures
jan 21, 2014

scott carter deconstructs walls to build furniture + sculptures

scott carter deconstructs walls to build furniture + sculptures
(above) ‘a temporary engagement’
image courtesy of scott carter




by dissecting the surrounding walls of the space his sculptures inhabit, american artist scott carter re-appropriates the existing materials inherently built into the architecture. a full-scale dinner table and seat, two fully-functional reproductions of le corbusier’s LC3 chairs, and a life-sized neoclassical bust are assembled from cut-out shapes carved away from the interior façades, deconstructed and reconstructed into practical new objects. furniture pieces like ‘a temporary engagement’ and ‘less is more’ are formed from cleanly-pierced silhouettes — both small and large circles, narrow rectangles, and linear planes — whose gaping absence from the wall creates a dynamic aesthetic arrangement on their own. the drywall bust ‘departing from the rules of harmony’ is comprised of crudely carved geometric cross-sections and make up stacked spliced informed by the 3D scan a 17th century statue by antonio canova.


‘less is more’
drywall cut from gallery walls


carter’s works are ‘influenced by the experience of living amongst mass produced materials, spaces and objects that are inherent in contemporary architecture and design…manifest[ing] as immersive installations and interactive objects that facilitate subtle shifts in value and attempt to redefine utility in relation to everyday experiences.‘ carter’s recent work of sculptural vessels, vases, and a bust was recently presented by beers contemporary, london at the london art fair.

‘less is more’
drywall cut from gallery walls

exhibition view at the london art fair
presented by beers contemporary, london
photo by oskar proctor 

‘departing from the rules of harmony’, 2011
drywall, galvanized steel studs

‘departing from the rules of harmony’, 2011
drywall, galvanized steel studs

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