We must rediscover for ourselves the mystery of comfort, for without it, our dwellings will indeed be machines instead of homes.
Comfort in living is far more in the brains than in the back.
(Ellen H. Richards)
Friedman Benda is pleased to present its sixth annual guest-curated exhibition entitled Comfort. Curated by Omar Sosa, creative director and co-founder of Apartamento, the exhibition will examine comfort versus discomfort and how this dichotomy conditions and drives human behavior, personal identity and societal norms.
Combining utilitarian objects, sculptures, photographs and paintings into a visual landscape meant to provoke engagement from the viewer, Comfort investigates comfort’s relationship to aesthetics and the tension that occurs when an object can be physically comfortable, but visually or psychologically uncomfortable, and vice versa. The exhibition looks at comfort beyond a physical state, but as a complete sensorial experience through the lens of diverse artistic interpretations of “comfort,” such as a John Chamberlain foam Couch, Nicola L’s monumental Canapé Homme Geant, and marks the first time Andrea Branzi’s rare Pigiama Armchair made for Alchimia’s bau. haus I collection will be shown in the US.
“We usually talk about comfort as a positive quality,” states Sosa. “It is an object or environment that makes you feel at ease and gives you a sense of intimacy. Comfort is often something that we think is innate but actually it only exists once we experience it. We like to think that our houses are comfortable, we want our environment to be so, but what happens when you venture beyond that familiar zone?"
Artists and designers on view include: Adaptive Design Association, Michael Anastassiades, Richard Artschwager, BLESS, Andrea Branzi, Fernando and Humberto Campana, John Chamberlain, George Condo, Nathalie du Pasquier, Simone Fattal, Laila Gohar, Nancy Grossman, Peter Halley, Kuwata Takuro, Nicola L, Max Lamb, Isamu Noguchi, Gaetano Pesce, Guillermo Santomà, Peter Shire, Ettore Sottsass, Sam Steward, Marin van de Poll, Franz West, Andrea Zittel.
Omar Sosa is a Barcelona born New York-based creative director, editor and publisher. In 2008, he co-founded the seminal interiors publication Apartamento, defined by The New York Times as "The burgeoning indie design movement’s official international look book.” In addition of publishing Apartamento, Omar has edited and designed a number of books including Nathalie Du Pasquier: Don’t Take These Drawings Seriously (PowerHouse) and Patricia Urquiola: It’s Time To Make a Book (Rizzoli). Omar Sosa has been the Art Director of Casamica, Corriere de la Sera’s Design Magazine and works as Creative Director for Italian lighting company Flos as well as a consultant for a number of design, lifestyle and real state companies under Apartamento’s design agency Apartamento Studios.