McMakin’s woodwork defies categorization. His skillfully designed tables, chairs, and sofas fit as easily into a domestic space as they do into an art exhibition, and the degree of an object’s functionality is often determined by the environment in which it resides. Through playful recontextualization, McMakin encourages the viewer to re-examine our emotional and psychological response to common home furnishings. The 2010 Artpace alum created this exclusive design in celebration of Artpace’s 2013 Happening, Art Is an Adventure. These one-of-a-kind tables are made from readily available industrial materials and feature a tabletop overlaid in enameled green ste el. Accommodating up to 10 guests, McMakin’s table can be easily deconstructed for transport, making it the perfect table or desk anywhere.
Roy McMakin’s artwork crosses many disciplines; his practice integrates furniture, architecture, sculpture, photography, and installation. Over the course of his career, he has moved back and forth between construction and documentation of domestic objects and buildings. His exhibition Roy McMakin: A Breadbox and a Mug, Each Depicted in Sculpture and Photography (2007) involved the artist painstakingly photographing quadrants of home furnishings then splicing them together to make a 1:1 scale whole, revealing the imperfections of the objects and our perceptions. Roy McMakin’s Other Chest of Drawers & Other People includes a collection of fabricated and found furniture objects and three video works that relate to the chest, in terms of home furnishings as well as human anatomy. His sculptures are mediated by people; collaborations with woodworkers and assistants form a significant feature of the exhibition.
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