tatiane freitas' sculptures complete missing parts of broken chairs with translucent acrylic

tatiane freitas' sculptures complete missing parts of broken chairs with translucent acrylic

‘A Hole Which Remains’ by Tatiane Freitas


Tatiane Freitas completes broken wooden chairs with translucent acrylic to create what may be deemed as kintsugi sculptures. Inside Guy Hepner Editions gallery in New York City, Tatiane Freitas sits or kneels on the floor for days and nights. She is cutting up sheets of wax paper with pencil linings on them with unwavering focus, perfecting the art of slicing with a pair of scissors. These blueprints, once drawings, have become the symmetrical grids that uniformly line up her acrylic chair sculptures for her exhibition.


‘A Hole Which Remains’ seems a fitting name for the show which runs until August 31st, 2023. These tiny chairs, which look like they can be pocketed when no one is looking or stashed in a bag like grocery items, hang on the walls of Guy Hepner Editions, suspended to create a whimsical visual play against the white backdrop. From afar, they seem incomplete. Up close, the tiny chairs that Tatiane Freitas worked on come to a full circle as she sculpts and molds acrylic into the missing pieces of the seats.

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My Old New Mirrow, 2019 | images by Tatiane Freitas



Chair sculptures with acrylic at guy hepner editions


Tatiane Freitas ponders for her New York exhibition. For instance, she wonders how an event can affect the world, be it micro or macro, and regardless of the action. She asks how it affects the relationship between two people, and whether or not it creates a domino effect reverberating within the entire community. Rather than penning a series of answers, she gathers her defective wooden chairs and puts them all back together with acrylic, as if she meant to imply that two or more differences may give birth to wonder.


Even before her show at Guy Hepner Editions, Tatiane Freitas had long started her ‘kintsugi’ series. In her ‘My Old New’ anthology, the very first acrylic chair she created dates back to 2010. It has been over a decade now that she has been joining defective objects with acrylic. Instead of using gold, which is typically used for the Japanese tradition of mending or putting things back together, she chooses acrylic, and its transparent materiality makes it feel as if viewers can see through her, the sculptures, and what hides behind the in-between.

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My Old New Chair 5, 2019

tatiane freitas chairs acrylic
My Old New Chair 7, 2019

tatiane freitas chairs acrylic
My Old New Chair 2, 2016

tatiane freitas chairs acrylic
My Old New Table, 2019


exhibition view at Guy Hepner Editions | from here, images by Tatiane Freitas Studio via Instagram

tatiane freitas chairs acrylic
exhibition view

tatiane freitas chairs acrylic
chair sculptures with acrylic close-up view

tatiane freitas chairs acrylic
Tatiane Freitas at her NYC exhibition in Guy Hepner Editions gallery



project info:


name: My Old New Series

artist: Tatiane Freitas

exhibition: A Hole Which Remains

gallery: Guy Hepner Editions

location: 521 W 26th St (4th Floor) Chelsea, New York

dates: June 9th to August 31st, 2023

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