Three and one couch
“In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy. The heresy of heresies was commonsense…. but that they might be right. For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable—what then?”
Many objects can get lost within a lounge; stationary, photographs, money, receipts, toys, letters etc. These insignificant objects become valuable as they provoke the imagination about the furniture’s history. They act in much the same way as if the whole were a time capsule. In my upholstered furniture, within the foam and fabric, only to be seen with the prospect of re-upholstery, there is a CNC cut image in 6mm MDF that has become permanently part of the skeleton of the lounge. The image is an interpretation of a reclining nude female body outlined by the power cable coming from a television set. The nude’s head is not shown but concealed by the television set from which the cabled body protrudes to give the impression that the television substitutes for the head of the woman.
No matter how you look for it, the image is encapsulated or encrypted. The significance of this is that it becomes a trust exercise with the artist. Who is to say it exists? It now symbolically becomes much more like Biblical evidence.
The backrests of both the three-seat lounge and the armchair are buttoned. The buttons, which are set out in Braille, act in a completely opposite way to the concealed interior image. On the lounge the word “three” is spelt out, on the armchair the word “one”: both are modestly representational of the recommended seating capacity for each seat. Braille is an implement for the visually impaired. In its use as a communication device it is not intended to be seen and here contradicts its purpose by being used as a decorative device.