Wednesday, March 20, 2013

FURNITURE BONDAGE


Furniture.  And bondage.

Mies, Breuer, Eames, Starck. . . Let me count the ways.  

. . . subtract the naked woman at the center of it all and you have everything a typical gay man could possibly want.  What design queen worth their weight in fabric swatches would turn down an opportunity to be hog tied to a four poster after all?  Then again, maybe it's just me.    

Take a fixation with bodies deformed by banal objects of domestic labor oppression, tack on a healthy dose of earnest post-ironic irony, a keen eye for composition and an obsession with all things anthropological and you have the work of one of my all time favorite new artists: Melanie Bonajo.  I first learned about Bonajo's work through her book "Furniture Bondage" and quickly became a fan.  While "Furniture Bondage" might suggest an otherwise obvious one-two feminist punch, her latest work evades easy definition-- though politics and humor both play significant roles.  Spanning everything from performance and sculpture to photography and text, Banajo also makes music as a member of the band ZAZAZOZO.    Their Arctic-themed album "INUA" releases this April.  Bonajo, along with fellow band-mate and artist Joseph Marzolla, invited artists to create video essay responses to various tracks on the album (essentially music videos).  You can watch Bonajo and Marzolla's own contribution, "Private Life of Animals" below, or view the contributions of other artists HERE.  

Artist, performer, musician . . . she's everything I wish I could be and more.  

To see Bonajo's latest body of work for yourself, check out "One Question, Three Rooms, 44 Possible Answers" at P.P.O.W (535 West 22nd Street, NYC-- 3rd Floor) until March 30th.  





















1 comment:

  1. Love this work. Thank you so much for sharing! When are you coming back up to Providence?

    ReplyDelete