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"Furniture Music"
Sam Sanford


  • N Space @ Nelsen Partners 905 Congress Avenue Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)

"We must bring about a music which is like furniture, a music, that is, which will be part of the noises of the environment, will take them into consideration. I think of it as a melodious, softening the noises of the knives and forks, not dominating them, not imposing itself. It would fill up those heavy silences that sometimes fall between friends dining together. It would spare them the trouble of paying attention to their own banal remarks. And at the same time it would neutralize the street noises which so indiscreetly enter into the play of conversation. To make such a noise would respond to need." - Erik Satie

The paintings in this show are made to neutralize the noise of the default, design-by-committee built environment. They are like furniture, like the ambient music of Brian Eno - they are not meant to provoke or challenge; they are meant to be used to increase peacefulness and harmony in inhabited spaces. They do not have to be looked at to be effective.

Although these paintings are visually quite different from the artist’s previous photo-based process-color paintings, both bodies of work employ a physical reiteration of the mechanics of industrial technical processes - in the present case, the processes of textile manufacture.