Mark Manders, Jarla Partilager
Room with Reduced Chair and Camouflaged Factory(2003)
Reduced wooden chair, painted iron, painted aluminum, painted ceramic, painted wood, shoes, clothes, contact lenses / 374 x 290 x 395cm
MM: In a quiet and unemphatic way, this room is akin to an abandoned living room. The two main features of the room—a chair and a camouflaged factory—each relate to reality in their own complex way. The chair withdraws into itself, as it were, since it is a reduction of a household chair to exactly 88% of its normal size. In this way the chair comes to resemble a three-dimensional photograph inserted into reality. Even though this reduced chair is of course part of reality, it is somehow misplaced because of its reduced size. Analogously, the camouflaged factory is a model of an imaginary silent factory which is also misplaced because it is not in its correct environment, i.e. one in which its camouflage would allow it to merge into its possibly hostile surroundings. Whereas the reduced chair refers to a copy of our world on an 88% scale, the camouflaged fac- tory refers to a fictitious, natural, green environment into which it could merge as a constructed, non-functional organism. The two rudimentary immature animal shapes attached to the factory combine a variety of animal and cell characteristics into a single primitive archetypal form. They, together with a dog, appear to nourish the whole, the factory of which they are a part. Underneath the factory, not reduced this time, are clothes belonging to the maker, with shoes and contact lenses.