Andrea Zittel is a prolific and world renowned artist living and working in Joshua Tree, CA.
She’s worked a lot on the dialogue / conflict between form, function and aesthetics.
Her series “A-Z Carpet Furniture” (produced mainly during the 1990’s), used carpetry and a Russian constructivist look to define two-dimensional domestic environments. This work aims to ride the boundary between literal function and the representation of the function; or, in the words of the artist, “highligh(ting) the slippage between represented space and literal space. It hovers between being a representation of something (it can hang on the wall or lay on the floor) and the actual thing itself, and it is meant to be used just like any furniture.”
From the artist’s statement:
Since the early 1990s I have been fascinated by various ways that we create categories, definitions and rules as a way to generate order and meaning in a seemingly chaotic and often difficult to navigate world. For instance, I find myself analyzing the subtle distinctions or social roles that separate fine art from design – while trying to understand what psychological need this separation serves. Or on a more fundamental level, I wonder how we attribute roles such as “table” or “bench” to a horizontal surface on which things can be placed, or “art” to a flat element that is hung on the wall in order to be looked at. My intention is not to collapse these categories and value systems but rather to reveal their overlooked significance and to understand our inherent psychological need to give objects personal and social relevance.
Andrea Zittel is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery