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View of “Jessi Reaves and Sophie Stone,” 2016. On floor: Sophie Stone, Untitled (in-reverse #1), 2014/2016. Chairs: Jessi Reaves, His and Hers Ferraris, 2014.

Jessi Reaves and Sophie Stone

Del Vaz Projects

View of “Jessi Reaves and Sophie Stone,” 2016. On floor: Sophie Stone, Untitled (in-reverse #1), 2014/2016. Chairs: Jessi Reaves, His and Hers Ferraris, 2014.

For their first exhibition in Los Angeles, New York–based artists Jessi Reaves and Sophie Stone furnished Del Vaz Projects with works that slyly confused the boundary between the so-called “fine” and “applied” arts. Slouching against walls and scattered across the floor were large, irregularly woven textiles and idiosyncratic furniture pieces that served an aesthetic purpose as much as a utilitarian one. The works fit seamlessly into the exhibition space, given that the gallery is also a lived-in apartment. (The venue housed the artists while they created, in the building’s garage, most of the displayed works during an informal three-week residency.) Recalling neither the artisanal luxury items of the Arts and Crafts movement nor the rationalized, reductive forms of modernist designs, Reaves’s and Stone’s functional objects were ludic combinations of raw materials and sourced

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