Received Wisdom

Toren, Amikam
This installation features a student's lecture chair with a small 'L' shaped wooden board attached to its right hand side. The function of such a board would usually be to provide a hard, supportive surface on which a student could lean in order to take notes. However, in this case, twenty or thirty further boards have been placed on top of the original – extending up and up in a similar manner to Constantin Brancusi's sculpture 'Endless Column'. This tower obliterates the object's original function and the whole piece would topple if it was not securely fixed to the floor. According to the artist, the extraordinary form that emerges out of such a mundane object serves to create 'a perfect, symbiotic relationship between form and content, between the uneducated and the enlightened, the power of knowledge and its vulnerability, the rough and the smooth, the totally uninspired and the brilliance of imagination.' Helen Loughlan
  • Artwork Details: 237 x 66 x 45cm
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  • Material description: plywood, metal and vinyl
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Accession number: ACC15/2008



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