sebastian errazuriz: occupy chairs the armory show 2012
sebastian errazuriz: occupy chairs   the armory show 2012 sebastian errazuriz: occupy chairs   the armory show 2012
mar 12, 2012

sebastian errazuriz: occupy chairs the armory show 2012

‘we are the 99%’ of the ‘occupy chairs’ collection by sebastian errazuriz, 2012 acrylic on plywood edition of 12 all images by ari maldonado and courtesy the artist

sebastian errazuriz has developed the art-furniture collection ‘occupy chairs’. the series consists of twelve chairs formed from plywood, decorated by white acrylic paint and a replica of one of several signs used by protesters in the occupy wall street movement, written in black paint upon the surface of the flattened folding chairs. the artist created the pieces as dual protest sign/seating implements.

when not in use, the message of the protester may be read on the surface of the object and while secured in chair form, the piece may serve protesters to better occupy public spaces. additionally, the series was created with the chilean-born artist’s vision to occupy the homes of the 1% with the message of the 99%. errazuriz believes this effort will be achieved through the action of the collectors, being typically of the 1%, purchasing a piece from the collection. this choice to purchase this art work would bring the sentiments of the protesters into the homesof the 1%. in this way, the art buyers would monetarily support the efforts of the masses and, by default, would share the message of the protesters with other members of this socioeconomic class.

‘as a double-sided mirror the occupy chairs also explore the potential for these complaints against the richest one percent to be transformed into glamorous fashionable catch phrases in design-art pieces that celebrate the exclusive luxury market.‘ – sebastian errazuriz

the new york-based artist, represented by cristina grajales gallery, debuted the ‘occupy chairs’ installation at the VIP opening of the armory show- 2012 in new york city.

‘hungry? eat a banker’

‘i’m so angry i made a sign’

‘wall street is our street’

‘kill corporate greed.’

‘shit is fucked up and bullshit’

‘too big to fail is too big to allow’

installation view of ‘occupy chairs’

gallery view of ‘occupy chairs’

  • Nothing like profiting off an anti-capitalist movement and passing it off as scribbled “art”. Almost as bad as Jay Z’s t shirt release.

    Latrell Sprewell says:
  • Isn’t one component of art to reflect the culture it is created in? I think this does it. Artists are not usually creating their work with $ signs in their eyes. I think its great!

    Sparky says:
  • Interesting project!

    Max says:
  • I want to throw one of these chairs through the window of the gallery.

    Visualante says:

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