Gord Peteran "Furniture Meets Its Maker"

Museum of Arts & Design

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One of the most innovative artists working in North America today, Gord Peteran has launched a boundary-crossing career, opening up the category of furniture to an unprecedented range of psychological and conceptual content. Cataloging the first large exhibition of his work in the U.S., "Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets its Maker" explores issues key to Peteran's work including the use of the found object, the role of narrative in furniture, and the relationship between serial and one-off production. Peteran's work does not easily fit into the conventional categories of contemporary art, design, decorative art, or craft. He calls his pieces "furnitural," a made-up term that suggests his unique relationship with sculpture. His furniture incorporates both found objects and examples of his own technical mastery. His pieces are conceptual, frequently non-functional, often witty, and meant to challenge pre-conceived notions of the boundaries between furniture and sculpture. The exhibition includes approximately twenty works in a variety of media.

[Image: Gord Peteran "An Early Table" (2004) Twigs, string 36 x 40 x 17 in. Photo: Elaine Brodie, Courtesy of William Anderson]



from May 27, 2009 to August 16, 2009


Gord Peteran

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