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Adrienne Spier

YYZ Artists' Outlet

Adrienne Spier’s sculptural installation Unwanted, Broken and Useless, 2006, the single work that constituted the whole of her recent show, seems at first glance to be merely a spare assortment of old furniture, albeit one that appears to have been deliberately arranged for some elusive purpose. An orderly row of four damaged wooden modernist chairs stand to the left side of the gallery. One has a missing seat; all have stained upholstery. But such details of ordinary wear and tear pale into insignificance given that the furniture has undergone radical surgery, having been dismembered and reassembled by the artist.

The seats are hinged and held together by thin, shiny cables pulled through tiny holes. The cables here extended upwards—via a system of weights and pulleys—through the ceiling beams, and down again to an oval dining table held vertically, with its underside facing the viewer.

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