Chairs are a great object to test social notions of functionality, because chairs serve as a very distinct and simplified object that has a socially acceptable uses or purpose. chair | ch e(ə)r| noun 1 a separate seat for one person, typically with a back and four legs. • historical a sedan chair. • short for chairlift. Chairs are made to sit on… or are they? In this work I accumulated audio documentation of interviews with people who want to get rid of their chairs and donated them to an installation piece for the Kelowna Art Gallery. I compiled these interviews to hopefully show the disregarded chairs and the narratives surrounding those chairs in a way that the viewer can reflect on the subject of functionality and how that relates to aesthetic decision-making. Like most of my work, I want to create a sense of ambiguity that does not necessarily lead to the viewer interpreting a challenge on functionality but will none the less challenge some notion of normity in the observation of a material object. As I walk down the street I see a chair stacked on a heap of garbage. The chair has old flimsy worn-out legs and a cracked back. I know if I am to pick it up, set in place, then sit on it, the chair will not hold me and I will definitely break the chair into pieces and fall to the ground. So I then realized that this chair must be dysfunctional. But what if I called the chair art? Would the chair still remain dysfunctional? As I walk down the street I see a chair stacked amongst other chairs in a store. The store is well known for their quality manufacturing. Nothing could go wrong with these chairs. So I then realized that these chairs have a function, and people can use them. But what if I called the chairs art? Would the chair still remain functional? What is the difference between using the words dysfunction, disability, disorder, handicap, inability, unqualified, incompetent, and failure? What is the difference between the words functional, ability, order, handy, gifted, aptitude, useful, and successful? Do we really have any answers to these questions? I believe that labeling anything dysfunctional or functional raises some very interesting question on the dilemma of contexts surrounding objects. At the early age of six I was diagnose or label with dyslexia. This presented many difficulties in the process of building confidence and building relationships with others.
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