reviews

  • Katie Stout, Shelfish, 2017, metal, wood, resin, papier-mâché, 71 x 47 x 14".

    Katie Stout

    Nina Johnson

    If the function of designer furniture is to abandon the utilitarian demands of everyday life in favor of sleek aesthetics, Brooklyn-based designer and artist Katie Stout’s “naive pop” objects—twenty of which were recently on view at Nina Johnson in Miami as part of the exhibition “Narcissus”—are not always cooperative. Following in the legacy of artists such as Judy Chicago, Nicola L., Miriam Schapiro, and Alina Szapocznikow, Stout’s works subvert the space of the domestic, renouncing stale notions of beauty that take the female form as a given. Buxom caricatures stand in as furniture,

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