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The long march III
“We see a kind of section from a massive and all but endless row of swaying and wobbling chairs. The reference to the founder of the Chinese Communist Party in the 1920s, Mao Tse-Tung, is evident. Nevertheless such a title also allows thoughts about other large-scale migrations of living creatures. Think of the wildebeest in the African plains, or flows of refugees, escaping from whatever atrocities.” (from Chairs and Titles by Chris Manders in All in the Family, 2016)
Actually, I literally found these schoolchairs on a sunny day somewhere in a gallery. So in my oeuvre this is actually a bit of an outsider because ‘only’ directly more or less made from observation. See also other duets such as Duet II and Duet III and certainly also the Pas de Deux series.
A circle of chairs remains intriguing to me. Expectation, rhythm, symmetry, time, family, conversation or meeting, just a few concepts that arise in this context. And musical chairs of course, a round dance with one seat less than dancers. As usual, I don’t need the dancers.
Also take a look at ‘Collier‘, which is an anamorfosis of this work. There are also numerous circular shapes on this site, such as Cycle from 1997, Tijdkring IV from 2008 or Tijdkring VII from 2016.
Seats for black holes
Using chairs as letters to convey a message was a great find for me. Especially if you can then put the title of the work in a different light. For example, ‘Z onder Titel (‘Z’ under title in English) is certainly a playful commentary on the many works of the same name in countless museums (‘untitled’ in English). And Seats for Black Holes is such an offering for phenomena in the universe. The chairs annex letters are the celestial bodies that fill the firmament and offer a seat to a black hole (The words/chairs in the image are in dutch: Zetels voor zwarte gaten).