Wood, electrical components
This piece is based on Vetruvius' understanding of the relationship between anatomy and architecture. The recliner becomes an anthropomorphic form as if unfolds, as it baths in light.
by Walter Robinson
19. January 2007
Don't miss Robert Chambers' Vitruvius' Recliner (chromatic) (2004) in the presentation gallery at Roebling Hall on 26th Street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan, in its first New York appearance (it was shown in the artist's native Miami). A Lay-Z-Boy recliner, stripped of its upholstery, turned 90 degrees, mounted on the wall and motorized so that it meditatively folds and unfolds "while bathed in a halo of soothing digital light," Chambers' serenely kinetic artwork is a daffy reference to Leonardo's study of ideal human proportions, the Vitruvian Man. The work, which is priced at $35,000, is a possible pendant piece to one of Jeff Koons' anthropomorphic vacuum-cleaner sculptures.