Fine Evening, Sir!
Sat 02. Dec 2006 - Sat 20. Jan 2007
Nightstand - 2005
walnut wood, painting, photographs, jewellery displays, feather, gold necklace
450 x 550 cm / 177 1/4 x 216 1/2 in
Drawers, frames, and wardrobe doors of wood are placed across and on top of one another, rising up like a pyramid. They are topped by a painting depicting a witch, done largely in primary colors. The sculpture is the artist's personal translation of Shaker gift drawings. The drawings from a twenty year period of Shaker revivalism were meant to be depictions of states of religious ecstasy. Some individual parts of the installation are based on the style and technique of Shaker furniture, which due to its high standard of craftsmanship, formal rigor, simplicity, and functionality became an important model for modernist design. Lapinski thus deconstructs the traditional furniture, reassembling the individual components into a kind of altar. Elements such as mystical seeming photographs of Gustav Miklos bird sculptures, Stars of David, and decorative props underscore this impression of a place of worship.