Glen Guarino

Sitting Pretty-The Art of Sitting PART 2


Sitting Pretty-The Art of Sitting PART 2

It's time to get out the wine and cheese and come to the opening of Sitting Pretty Part 2! Enjoy the show. Curators: Glen & Marie Guarino

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Latest Activity: Aug 20, 2013

Artist: Sunhwa Kim
Title: Flower
Materials: Fiberglass, Micro Suede Fabric, White Pearl Paint
Dimensions: 16"H x 14.5"W x 14"D
Artist Statement: The chair exudes warmth, happiness and energy. This comfortable and elegant piece of furniture will make you feel very special.

Artist: Cosmo Barbaro
Title: Jeanie
Materials: Fiddleback Mahogany, African Mahogany, Nu-buck leather, Wenge, Maple
Dimensions: 17"L x 20"W x 36"H
Artist Statement: I designed Jeanie for one of my clients that matches a secretariat.

Artist: Jeff Miller
Title:: 988 Chair
Materials: Mahogany, Stainless Steel Screws
Dimensions: 35"H x 30.5"W x 28.5"D
Artist Statement: Although it looks like anything but,this chair started out as an experiment in comfortable 3-dimensional contours, which makes a nice contrast with the perception of discomfort.

Artist: Ross Annels
Title: Echinoid
Materials: Carved, punched and burnt Silver Ash, laminated Jarrah and turned Silky Oak
Dimensions: 1800* 510* 530 mm
Artist Statement: A sea urchin shell form the Philippine ISS was the inspiration for Echinoid. On its shell, the uneven ordering of the attachment points for the spines provides a strong constrained decorative pattern.

Artist: Tom Skaggs
Title: Arch Chair
Materials: Cherry, ebonized Walnut, Eucalyptus Wood with Ebony inlay and Black Leather Upholstery
Dimensions: 40" x 32" x 52"
Artist Statement: Arch Chair is a curvilinear expression of more traditional forms of chair such as the Morris Chair.The arching armrests follow the curves of the arch supports and provide a natural curving rest for one's arms.

Artist: Melody Armstrong
Title: Chair Grouping Pendants
Materials: Sterling Silver, hand dyed Silk, Citine, Iolite, Amethyst, Garnet, Peridot, Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline, and patina
Dimensions: 3.8 x 6.5 x 2 mm
Artist Statement: I am inspired to create unique and precious functional objects in miniature. Featuring the three chairs together, demonstrating how one idea can evolve progressively.

Artist: Harriete Estel Berman
Title: Material Identity
Materials: Recycled Tin Cans
Dimensions: 38.25"H x 17.25"W x 14"D
Artist Statement: Materials Identity symbolizes our personal search for identity in our material culture.

Artist: John Thoe
Title: Linnea Settee
Materials: Cherry
Dimensions: 34"H x 45"W x 23"D
Artist Statement: Fitting a chair rail requires custom fitting one side to fit to a second on rear legs. Linnea Settee requires all 4 points to fit together and allowing for the slope of the legs to do it.

Artist: Pat Morrow
Title: Footstool
Materials: Genuine Mahogany, Lacewood
Dimensions: 10"H x 14"W x 10"D
Artist Statement: Beautiful yet whimsical Footstool has hand-carved design on the legs painted with milk paint. Each piece in the structure is angled and joined with wedged through tenons.

Artist: Brian Ferrell
Title: Side Chair
Materials: Ash, Steel, Steel Cable
Dimensions: 16" x 15" x 45"
Artist Statement: Completely invisible connections anchor Side Chair into the wall.

Artist: Ross Annels
Title: Sapling
Materials: Silky Oak or Australian Lacewood (solid and steam-bent) with pyrography and etched upholstery
Dimensions: 1800* 720* 540
Artist Statement: Landscapes dreaming the wild, a vegetative stillness that inspires. Would that we heard this sapling story...

Artist: Claudie Bastide
Title: Sa Majeste
Materials: Unique piece Paper Mache, Polyester, Resin, Oil, Paint, Varnish on wooden structure
Dimensions: 110 x 70 x 60 cm
Artist Statement: Claudie Bastide, a French artist has been developing since 1995 a very personal expression using chairs to talk about life, people, art and... herself.

Artist: Ellie Richards
Title: Red Rods
Materials: Wood, Concrete, Paint
Dimensions: 10 Chairs:Largest-120" x 3.5" x 3.5" Smallest-4" x 3.5" x 3.5"
Artist Statement: The Red Rods are a set of blocks found in a Montessorri classroom as a part of the Sensorial learning equipment. In this version of the Red Rods are elongated chair forms encased with cement standing unnervingly tall.

Artist: Hongtao Zhou
Title: Translation
Materials: Wood, Fabric
Dimensions: 18 x 18 x 37
Artist Statement: Open this book-bamboo book; it is translated into a cantilever chair. Sit on a beautiful poem.

Artist: Sabiha Mjuaba
Title: Bharatanatyam Dancer Chair
Materials: Cherry, Paint, transfer Gold Leaf, Bells
Dimensions: 41" x 27" x 24"
Artist Statement: Chairs seem anthropomorphic... this one celebrates the South Asian dance of its title with the cobra hand gesture and the lotus flower of the back rest.

Artist: Brian Ferrell
Title: Cable Chair
Materials: Padauk, Painted Wood, Artificial Leather, Steel Cable
Dimensions: 38' x 26" x 36"
Artist Statement: Cables tighten as you ease yourself into this two-legged chair.

Artist: Ross Annels
Title: Gnutheru Chair
Materials: Silky Oak or Australian Lacewood (solid, steam-bent and laminated) with embroidered and etched upholstery
Dimensions: 1100* 600* 500mm (approx)
Artist Statement: Gnutheru expresses the complicated white/indigenous relationships in my local region, and my hope for cross-cultural connection to place. Gubbi Gubbi words for the non-human are overlaid with a white rationalist grid, resulting in a surprisingly powerful combination.

Artist: James Thurman
Title: Reading Chair
Materials: Recycled Books
Dimensions: 46" x 39" x 40"
Artist Statement: The "Reading Chair" is featured in the McMuseum of Anthropological Archaeology's recent exhibition of "Ancient 21st Century Art-i-facts." It is thought to be a ceremonial throne where 21st century information consumers would sit to consume information.

Artist: Cosmo Barbaro
Title: Minimal Stool
Materials: Poplar, Milk Paint, Aluminum
Dimensions: 15"L x 15"w x 28"H
Artist Statement: The design for this piece was inspired by minimalism and is a continued experimentation with polished aluminum.

Artist: Claudie Bastide
Title: La Vestale
Materials: Hammered zinc on the seat,paper mache and polyester resin on a metal structure, oil painting and varnish.
Dimensions: 95 x 40 x 50 cm
Artist Statement: A character in ancient Egypt that keeps the hearth.

Artist: Christopher Poehlmann
Title: Red Rocker
Materials: Aluminum with a powder coat
Dimensions: 36"H x 24"W x 48"D
Artist Statement: Red Rocker is primarily designed as a cartoon of a typical Adirondack rocker, simplified and exaggerated in its form.

Artist: John Thoe
Title: Neo Arm Bar Stool
Materials: Cherry
Dimensions: 44"H x 24"W x 23"D
Artist Statement: Neo is my most recent chair and barstool design. The legs are set 1.5" deeper than my other designs that have a more classical stance; consequently the armrests are 1.5" longer as well.

Artist: Emily Cain
Title: Her Sovereignty
Materials: headdress- Polyurethane insulation foam, Glass Marbles, Brass Tubing, Roving, Spray Paint
Dimensions: 5" x 10" x 10"
Artist Statement: A woman sits in a regal pose wearing a crown that she has made for herself, and rests on a piece of luxurious furniture that is now deteriorating. Her body is draped in black velvet, her gaze turned downwards in contemplation.

Thank you for visiting Sitting Pretty Part 2

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 designs furniture for corporate and private clients. His furniture has been featured on "State of the Arts," and in a number of publications. Glen is a Signature Artist at Noyes Museum of Art. Marie works with Glen as his publicist.

Title: Bianca
Materials: Rescued Northern Catalpa
Dimensions: 28"H x 19"W x 36 3/4"L
Photographer: Justin Guarino

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Comment by Julie Sanford on September 15, 2010 at 11:37am
Bravo!!! I loved each chair for different reasons. The chairs of consumerism, James Thurman, Reading Chair and Harriete Estel Berman, Material Identity, were fabulous! I am also taken by the clean willowly lines of Ross Annels pieces. Of course Melody Armstrong's work is close to my heart, wimsical and masterfully created.
Thank you!

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