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Chris Schanck: Off-World

Feb 12, 2022–Jan 18, 2023

During the past decade, Chris Schanck has emerged as a leading figure in the design world for his otherworldly fusion of sculpture and furniture. Skirting the line between refinement and camp, the strange, unfamiliar forms of Schanck’s chairs, sofas, lighting, mirrors, and more suggest coral reefs, extraterrestrial worlds, and artifacts from ancient civilizations, to name just a few of the designer’s inspirations. Each piece is meticulously handcrafted in Schanck’s Detroit-based studio, where his community of artists, students, and Bangladeshi craftspeople plays a key role in the designer’s egalitarian studio practice. Deftly melding innovative material experiments with an expressive yet rigorous refinement of form, Schanck’s elaborately carved, colorfully hued, and lustrous objects are contemporary talismans of stories from the past, present, and future.

Chris Schanck: Off-World is guest curated by Andrew Blauvelt, with the support of curatorial assistant Alida Jekabson.

Image: Chris Schanck (United States, b. 1975), Banglatown, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Friedman Benda, New York. Photo: Michelle and Chris Gerard


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