One of the top art galleries of the entire world, and if not one of the best from New York City’s, is pleased to present ‘Split Personality’. Friedman Benda showcases its seventh annual guest-curated art exhibition curated by Alice Stori Liechtenstein, independent curator and founder of Schloss Hollenegg for Design.
“The personality and implicit meaning of these pieces are so assertive that they appear to be at odds with the function.”Alice Stori Liechtenstein explains.
The modern art exhibition explores how functional objects undergo a process of mutation to acquire symbolic value, and thus develop split personalities that oscillate between their different identities. The works on display at Friedman Benda, ambiguously classifiable as chairs, tables, rugs, are meant as art furniture of practical and comfortable nature.
Contemporary art objects are used to characterize, communicate, and develop our sense of self and construct our own identity. The idea that objects might have a split personality might help us to recognize the different identities they are capable of embodying and acknowledge their power to be alternatively functional furniture or conveyors of meaning.