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Erasure Chair

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Erasure Chair

Artist: Gary Simmons (Born in New York, New York, 1964)
Culture: American
Date: 1989
Medium: Felt and wood
Dimensions:
34 x 22 1/2 x 18 inches (86.4 x 57.2 x 45.7 cm)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Blake Byrne, A.B.’57
Label Text:In this unique early work, Gary Simmons taps into viewers’ nostalgia for childhood and elementary education, covering a used schoolroom chair with hundreds of chalkboard erasers. The slight indentation in the center of the seat reads like the bodily impression from the last sitter. The work implies the absence of the figural body, but suggests that the implication can be stronger than its actual presence. The erasers are evocative of the impermanence of time and youth just as they represent a once common scholastic tool, itself on the verge of extinction.
Object number: 2017.4.31