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Looking at these sculptures by Angelo Arnold, I feel like I’ve entered the real-life world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I can’t get over how much attitude and personality each of these inanimate pieces possess. Arnold, currently living and working in Vermont, calls his familiar upholstered objects with an unfamiliar twist: Familiarture. The titles of the individual works are also, in some cases, very humorous: Not Today (top), Loved Seat (2nd from top), and at the bottom is An Eames, a Chippendale and an Ottoman walk into a bar…
From the artist’s website:
Through the comfortable format of furniture, I present concepts of metamorphosis, change and subversion with self. I create custom works that embrace change and present possibilities for adaptation to new, unfamiliar environments and situations. These metamorphic forms deconstruct the functional object to establish a foundation or platform to recall past memories, stories and uncanny events. Through my reconstructed objects reference a vocabulary of furniture, the removal of the functional aspects subverts the viewer’s expectations and provokes new interpretations.
Some of Arnold’s works can be seen at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe Vermont as part of their exhibit Exposed, through October 13, 2012.