Sitting Pretty-The Art of Sitting Part 1


Sitting Pretty-The Art of Sitting Part 1

We are proud to present works by an international community of artists. Enjoy the exhibit. Curators:Glen and Marie Guarino Location:highlighted online March 1,2010 - April 1,2010. The exhibit will remain on site permanently.

Members: 13
Latest Activity: Jan 7, 2013

Artist: Brian Ferrell
Title: Blue Chair
Materials: Painted Basswood, Steel, Steel Cable, Rubber, Nickel
Dimensions: 15" x 15" x 15"
Artist Statement: Turned and bent steel legs pierce the wall, while the cables support the carved wood seat.

Artist: Tom Muir
Title: Chair Transformations
Materials: Brass, Copper, and Aluminum
Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 5 cm
Artist Statement: This stylized chair explores the imaginary and symbolic possibilities of a chair: experiences, landmarks, and natural phenomena are transformed, paralleling subjective reactions and psychological concerns.

Artist: 2 Roses
Title: Swinging Chair Earrings
Materials: Sterling Silver, Resin, and Pearlescent Pigment
Dimensions: 1.75"H x .5"w x .5"D
Artist Statement: These hand-fabricated earrings were made just for fun.

Artist: Ross Annels
Title: Sprung Chair (Sylvana)
Materials: Solid and laminated Queensland Maple, Stainless Steel and Upholstery.
Dimensions: 800 * 550 * 500 mm
Artist Statement: This chair is part of the ongoing sprung series, which exploit the flexibility and resilience of bent timber to provide innovative structure and ergonomics.

Artist: Sabiha Mujaba
Title: Bench with Sindhi Shawl
Materials: Mahogany, Padauk
Dimensions: 30.5" x 42" x 22"
Artist Statement: Carved from mahogany this bench is one of several of my furniture pieces that have cloth folds draping them.

Artist: Chris Shea
Title: Cafe Chair
Materials: Forged Steel, Cast Glass
Dimensions: 36 x 17 x 17"
Artist Statement: I am always intrigued by analogies of form to be found among the anatomy of human beings, animals, insects and even plants. In Cafe Chair various anatomies are re-imagined through a traditional furniture form and expressed in the language of the blacksmith.

Artist: Jeff Miller
Title: Rocker
Materials: Solid and Laminated Walnut
Dimensions: 37"high x 25.5"wide x42"deep
Artist Statement: Inspired by natural tree forms and the elegant curves of the human body, this rocker enlists complex joinery and shaping to serve the clean and extremely comfortable lines.

Artist:Denise Landis
Title: Bikini Top
Materials Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions 24" x 18"
Artist Statement ...just missed the sweaty, bronzed, buxom woman as she sprang from her perch and raced to the water.

Artist: Christopher Poehlmann
Title: Chunky Chair
Materials Aluminum with orange powder coat rusted and burnished steel, and brushed aluminum.
Dimensions 32"H x 24"W x 28"D
Artist Statement Chunky Chair has proven to be one of my iconic pieces, having been in numerous publications since its introduction in 1994. A number of variations are possible.

Artist: Hongtao Zhou
Title: Adjustable Rocking Dream
Materials: Plywood
Dimensions: 23 x 21 x 25
Artist Statement: As a wood adjustable rocker, this chair demands rocking, and it lets you choose how to rock.

Artist: James Thurman
Title: Dining Chair
Materials Recycled Stainless Flatware
Dimensions 40" x 18" x 18"
Artist Statement The “Dining Chair” is featured in the McMuseum of Anthropological Archaeology’s recent exhibition of ancient "21st Century Art-i-facts." It is thought to be an important component of the consumption ritual, which indicated the proper position to take before the nutrient presentation dance would occur.

Artist: Pat Morrow
Title: Elk
Materials: Genuine Mahogany
Dimensions: 45"H x 54"W x 20"D
Artist Statement: Form and line define the contemporary legs of this bench. The back has a relief carving of a bull elk and a female elk grazing.

Artist: Cosmo Barbaro
Title: C-Chair
Materials: Nu-buck Leather, Maple, Milk Paint
Dimensions: 36"L x 25"W x 40"H
Artist Statement: This piece was an experiment with upholstery techniques and was re-engineered from a previous design.

Artist: Chelsey Radabaugh
Title: Exemplification of Self
Materials Sterling Silver, Steel Pin
Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x .25
Artist Statement: This brooch series explores the ownership of furniture as a socio economic status in society.

Artist: Harriete Estel Berman
Title:Consuming Identity
Materials: Recycled Tin Cans, Fabric Seat Cover with Black Ribbon.
Dimensions: 51"H x 10.5" D x 19.5"W
Artist Statement: Consuming Identity mounts on the wall. The rungs along the back of the chair mimic the bar code patterns that permeate all consumer packing.

Artist: Sabiha Mujaba
Title: Dan's Chair
Materials: Cherry, Paint, transfer Gold
Dimensions: 39” x 24.5” x 23.5”
Artist Statemen:t Many of Dan's wishes were met in this chair; higher than normal seat, low back, needlepoint to honor his elderly Aunt and elements from his Louis XIV writing desk.

Artist: Sunhwa Kim
Title: Yin and Yang Bench
Materials: Gold Leaves, Natural Lacquer
Dimensions: 21"H 67"W x 69"D
Artist Statement: The circulation between the two parts of the symbol creates unity. The purpose of the bench is to promote communication and harmony between people.

Artist: Pat Morrow
Title: Lucy
Materials: Cherry, Purpleheart, Hard Maple
Dimensions: 19 ¼"H x 35"W x 16"D
Artist Statement: Lucy is classy and playful with curvy, interlocking shapes.

Artist: Ellie Richards
Title: Luscher Back
Materials: Wood, Concrete, Steel Wool, and Vinegar Finish, Laser Engraved Text on Chair Back
Dimensions: 8 Chairs, each 2' x 1' x 1'
Artist Statement: These chairs represent the color cards found in the book The Luscher Color Test, each chair back has laser engraved text from the book explaining the qualities of its respective color.

Artist: Thomas Skaggs
Title: Dogwood Leaf Seat
Materials: Curly Cherry, Walnut, Curly Maple and Silk Thread
Dimensions: 18" H x 24"W x 16"D
Artist Statement: Seating piece featuring a carved Kousa Dogwood Leaf.

Artist: Tony Williams
Title: Windwalkers
Materials: Black Walnut top and legs. Western Red Cedar, Honduran Mahogany, White Ash and Cocobolo inlays
Dimensions: 70.5"L x 21"W x 19"H

Artist: Zhou
Title: Fronzeniture
Materials: Snow, Lake Water
Dimensions: Vary
Artist Statement: Blue sky, bright sun and an icy seat. The snow furniture eventually returned to the lake, completed a green life cycle, and now provides a drink for the fish.

About the Curators: Glen G.Guarino, Guarino Furniture Designs holds a MA in Studio Furniture.He taught on the high school level for 32 years and has been an adjunct professor in the Fine Arts School of William Paterson University since 2001. His art has been juried into museum and gallery exhibits. Glen also works with corporate, public and private clients. Glen's furniture has been featured on "State of the Arts," and in a number of publications. Marie works with Glen as his publicist.
Thank you for visiting Sitting Pretty Part 1

Artist: Glen G.Guarino
Title: Storm
Materials: Rescued Northern Catalpa and Ash
Dimensions: 28" tall x 37 ½" wide x 29 ¾"deep

Discussion Forum

The Art of Sitting

Started by Glen Guarino. Last reply by Brigitte Martin Mar 1, 2010. 1 Reply

Please join in the discussion: What is your favorite material in a chair and why?  Where have you seen a chair or a sofa that you really liked and why?Do you prefer to sit on a chair, a soft couch…Continue

Tags: maple, mahogany, upholstery, lacewood, leather

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Comment by Duncan Blount on January 7, 2013 at 7:56pm

Great variety! I loved the last wood one - "storm."

Comment by Pat Morrow on April 1, 2010 at 11:02am
Excellent job Glen and Marie - not only in putting together a fun show but promoting it as well!! Interesting times when people from anywhere can see a show. Thank you.
Comment by Brigitte Martin on April 1, 2010 at 7:56am
Thank you Glen and Marie for all your hard work on behalf of "Sitting Pretty 1". I am very happy to hear that people outside of crafthaus took notice too ! That's tremendous.

Looking forward to Part 2 already !

Comment by Glen Guarino on March 31, 2010 at 8:10pm
To all Sitting Pretty Part 1 Artists,
Your show has been well received on many sites. To name a few, Timber Home Nation, My Old House Online, Facebook, Furniture Society, Linkedin, Sawdust Soup, Montclair State Univ Alumni, Twitter, Best of NJ...

Regards !!!
Glen and Marie
Comment by Glen Guarino on March 3, 2010 at 11:47am
We are so glad you all are enjoying the exhibit. It is a pleasure to show work of such talented artists to the world.
Glen and Marie
Comment by 2Roses on March 1, 2010 at 6:47pm
Glen and Marie,
Incredible exhibition. Really well put together, and an amazing stroll through the imaginations of so many talented artists.
Comment by Ross Annels on March 1, 2010 at 5:50pm
I for one would think that was a fantastic idea - and a very interesting process - making the shift from the tangible world as crafted object, to virtual world as exhibited image as simulacra of the crafted object, and then back to the tangible one as exhibited crafted object. I have a friend and colleague here in Australia who has an artist avatar in the online "game" Second Life, and her work has moved out of Second Life to hang on Gallery walls in our physical word. Fascinating.
Glen and Marie have done a great job - AGAIN. Congratulations.
Comment by Brigitte Martin on March 1, 2010 at 5:30pm
Glen and Marie:

Thank you for sharing the exhibition with your friends, and for sharing their reaction with us. I am sure we could try and make an exhibition like that move from an online forum into a brick and mortar situation at some point. Wouldn't that be GREAT !! Not so sure about the FRONZENITURE chair in Austin though :-)) Maybe a photo and narrative would suffice in that case.

Please let me know if there is ever any serious interest in pursuing this, and we can start getting the wheels rolling :-)

It IS a very appealing show !! Good job !
Comment by Glen Guarino on March 1, 2010 at 5:06pm
I emailed a friend who lives in Austin Texas a link to the exhibit. This was her email," The work is so gorgeous, all of it. The profile was wonderfully stated, too. I really think the Blanton Museum here in Austin needs a furniture show like this. They have all kinds of interesting things in the rotating exhibit room; this would be special. Congratulations to all the artists."

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