The Infrastructure Series: Sculptural Benches by Vivian Beer.
Vivian Beer has designed a collection of sculptural benches named the Infrastructure Series. “The Infrastructure series is a study of ubiquitous architectural public works through the public/intimate format of benches…Juxtaposing industrial material with soft sensual curves that reflect our body’s architecture; these pieces are a play on our expectations. To me the ironic, visceral and sensual reaction to the conflicting “purposes” of the materials is a rich playground of meaning. Each piece has a physiological component in its design through a specific use and the relationship that it sets up between people using it.”
Vivian tiptoes through contemporary design, craft and sculptural aesthetics, sampling from each one. She deftly counterbalances a strong knowledge of contemporary furniture design with the history of industry and architecture to create furniture that intends to transform our expectations of and relationships to the domestic landscape. Studio Artist; selected exhibitions: The Mint Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, SOFA Chicago, Palm beach 3, International Contemporary Furniture Fair; representation: Wexler Gallery, PA, The Courthouse Gallery, ME; education: MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, BFA Maine College of Art; teaching: Haystack, Penland, Peters Valley, Anderson Ranch, SUNY Purchase, Center for Metal Arts; public art and collections: Winslow Park in Portland, ME, Fuller Craft Museum, National Ornamental Metals Museum, Renwick Gallery of The Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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