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‘I was concerned with the central ideas of emotional tension, distance, and the inability to communicate when making not now. I have always been interested in psychosomatic relationships and I see this work as an extension of the connection between emotional and physical behaviors.’
while undoubtedly humorous and playful, the sculptural work of artist michael beitz also addresses the complexity of human relationships, and the psychological impact of our experience with everyday objects. through pieces like ‘not now’ — a wooden table that separates sitters by an undulating arch; ‘whippy’ — a folded outdoor picnic table; and ‘fan house’ — an architectural façade with massive propeller placed inside, beitz combines furniture design and meticulous craftsmanship with conceptual sentiments. in his construction of distorted domestic objects such as folded tables and knotted sofas, beitz ultimately subverts each piece’s functionality. by looking at the cultural significance of household furniture, the artist limits each item’s ability to serve as a site of social interaction, instead turning familiar objects into spaces of alienation and solace.