PULSE NEW YORK 2016

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kinder MODERN’s exhibition of The Chair Affair at PULSE New York (March 2016) was the US debut of this thought-provoking photo series, examining physicality and sexual desire through stunning prints and sculpture. A collaborative project by artist Margriet Craens and designer Lucas Maassen, the project was both an expression of both their own intimate relationship and their artistic exploration of the implied intimacy of every day objects. kinder MODERN was thrilled to present this provocative art and design project, as part of the gallery’s dedication to the complex visual and functional narrative of family, as well as the physical space in which a family lives and functions. Family extends far beyond the rooms we share with our partners, our parents, our children, and our lovers and this exhibition aims to engender a stimulating dialogue about the dynamic intersections between love, design, relationships, and value.

A chair may be simply utilitarian, but it can also be much more. Thighs shift on seats. Hands caress arms. Torsos snuggle against backs. Feet curl around legs. Sitting is, without a doubt, both a physical pleasure and an intimate activity. Is sitting driven by desire? And how does a chair inflame that desire? The Chair Affair, an expression of Maassen and Craen's own intimate relationship and their artistic exploration of the implied intimacy of every day objects, delves deeply into these questions.