This piece of the 500 chairs was included in an exhibition at the Philadelphia International Airport- Robert Dodge: Chairs- A Singular Vision. The below statement for the exhibition was written by Leah Douglas, Director of Exhibitions at the Philadelphia International Airport.
For the past 5 years, Philadelphia area
artist Robert Dodge has based his work
solely on recreating and redefining the
chair. He has made hundreds and
hundreds of chairs. All are nonfunctional
sculptural objects constructed of wood
and finished with acrylic paint. Among
the variations of chairs, Dodge
experiments with scale from miniature to
life-size, proportion, color, design, and
style. His obsessive exploration of this
singular form is a conceptual exercise
that is seemingly endless.
Dodge's chairs are presented in groups
to convey their enormous diversity and
massive quantity. They are often
whimsical in presence as a result of
their eccentric attributes and folk art
appearance. Dodge's installation of 500
tiny chairs, each approximately 2"-6"
high, is symbolic of the artist's vision.
Displayed in a field-like arrangement,
the amassed chair forms allude to
continued growth and exploration.
This piece of the 500 chairs evolved from the large individual chair pieces. This brings the individual into a group into which personalities can change their complex relationship with each other: expanding and contracting. All the paintings and drawings evolved from this piece. The paintings and drawings have become increasingly complex. Each painting in this series is square and consists of 5 layers of the chair symbol. The paintings have no orientation and suggest a limitless, complex vastness made from individual elements.
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