Signature Chair, 1993, Tim Hawkinson
School Desk, Paper, Wood & Metal; Motorized
architect of object lessons
"Žižek lies in the gloom, the dark cut through by street lighting. Holding the chair, as if it were an anchor grounding him in his moment of insecurity, he sees that his fingers are around the point at which the leg tapers like a delicate ankle. He feels as if he is in some way violating the chair and almost enjoys the moment. He looks up under the skirt of the ceiling lampshade at its pendulous defective bulb. He turns his head and can make out the dark contours of the normally concealed underside of his desk; an intricate structure of interlocking planes and nails and hidden joinery that begins to seem ominous from his low position. These things, still and obliquely present in the room, loom over him, mocking his lack of agency. With renewed purpose he lets go of the leg, heaves himself to his feet, grabs his bag and heads for the door."
Katrina Palmer, The Dark Object