Art Furniture designer Chris Schanck is interested in materials and design processes that are not traditionally associated with luxury, mass-production, and standards of perfection. the artist creations explore the often obscured boundary between what is art, and what is a functional object, bringing forth the notion that perhaps it has become something porous and undefined. this lead us to the ultimate question: when a sculpture can be considered a piece of furniture?
“If we accept the idea that [an object] doesn’t have to be reproducible and doesn’t have to mimic a commercial form or process, then what are the limits of that?” Schanck asks. Among his best-known pieces are those that comprise his “ALUfoil” series, in which industrial or discarded materials are covered in aluminum foil, painted, and then sealed with resin. The final pieces are both durable and light. His methods characteristically involve both marginalized techniques as well as the help of marginalized members of his Detroit community. Schanck has a background in commercial model-making, and has produced commissioned works for Tom Ford.
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The pieces from his signature Alufoil series appear to have been chiseled from hunks of precious metal, but in fact they are crafted using bits of steel, industrial foam, and the same kind of aluminum-foil sheets you find wrapping chocolate bars. But as his art furniture proves, even humble materials can yield objects of uncommon luxury.
He is represented by Johnson Trading Gallery.
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