Chad Pratch: Inanimate Phenotype
June 18 to November 27, 2011
For his commission in our Dysfunctional Chairs series, Kelowna-based artist Chad Pratch has taken a socially-oriented route and has been adopting disregarded chairs from local individuals, and interviewing the donors about the chairs and their relationships with them. These discarded chairs will be installed for the duration of his exhibition. Pratch is interested in the notion of functionality and how it is socially determined. Once a chair has had its function deemed over with, its phenotype (relevant, identifying characteristics) would appear to be completely altered. Can this perhaps be revived by giving the chairs a new function – as works of art – by simply placing them in a gallery context?