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“Please, Take a Seat” by Daphne & Art Carlyle, Featured Artists at Rainforest Arts, September-October, 2019
For September and October, 2019, Rainforest Arts gallery in Chemainus is pleased to showcase the evocative photographic essay “Please, Take a Seat” by Daphne & Art Carlyle of Saltair, BC, whose images taken over the past 15 to 20 years features chairs outside cafés, in shopping malls, nailed to forest trees, in marble porticos, in just about every conceivable setting or configuration.
Funny thing is, there’s not a single person in any of the images in the exhibition! Rather, the chairs invite you to take a seat. But they’re photos, so you can’t step inside the scenes and sit yourself down; the only way to get there is through the portals of imagination. Viewers are invited to turn themselves around and look out of the photos, instead of in.
“I hope that they would look at the chairs, and imagine themselves being in that chair, in that location,” says Daphne.
“Any chair has an appeal to it, and there’s a temptation or an invitation to sit,” says Art. “So, a quaint table and chairs at a coffee shop is an invitation to sit and chat or take a moment, take a special moment.”
Part of that special moment is the chairs themselves, how our bodies conform to their shapes, how their curves and colours appeal to the eye. There’s an elegance and functionality to chairs that make them works of art in their own right, and capturing that essence is one of the objectives of “Please, Take a Seat”.
“I think it’s important to acknowledge the designers and the craftsmen, who make the chairs,” Art explains. “Our role is to use our creative skills and technical skills to interpret that. I don’t think anyone who looks at the show is going to quite be able to view chairs the same again.”
The official opening of “Please, Take a Seat” will be Saturday, September 14 and both photographers will be in attendance throughout the day to meet the public and discuss their work.
The gallery is open 7 days a week from 11 am to 4 pm.