Introducing our first solo exhibition of Sebastian ErraZuriz “Breaking The Box”
We are thrilled to debut our very first solo exhibition of the Chilean born, New York based artist and designer Sebastian ErraZuriz.“What excites me most about Sebastian ErraZuriz is that throughout his career he has been consistent in challenging the conventions of the design world.” says R & Company co-founder Evan Snyderman. “Never has he been content on making a functional work without intent or message.”
“Breaking The Box” features ErraZuriz’s “Mechanical Cabinet” series a working thought experiment of breaking down restrictions. These cabinets, made with the highest form of craftsmanship, challenge the viewer to think outside of the box in the unexpected ways they expand.
“Life is too short to live within the constraints and limitations of those who came before us. And there’s few things more satisfying than being told you can’t do something and then finding a crack in the system.” says ErraZuriz.
Apart from the metaphorical aspect of the pieces, the design of the cabinets are striking in and of themselves. “Sebastian’s mechanical furniture is what I call ‘post-post-modern.’ When you first see the works in the closed position, they look like modernist boxes in the style of Florence Knoll or Hans Wegner,” notes our Director of Museum Relations James Zemaitis, “But when they are opened, the craftsmanship of the mechanisms and the showmanship involved in the act of opening them is reminiscent of 18th Century French masterworks by Oeben and Riesener on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
ErraZuriz’s “Aviary Series” including mirrors, table lamps, and crystal chandeliers bedecked with taxidermied parakeets appears towards the atrium of the upper level of 64 White Street. This half of the exhibition adds a touch of humor to the inevitability of life and death. “Sebastian creates a dialogue within the work, never leaving you with a one liner, yet often leaving you with a question, such as his mirror with the simple text painted on the surface of the mirror which reads, ‘You again?’” remarks Snyderman.