Andrea Zittel is a Canadian artist who likes to incorporate day to day living into her work. She set up her own organisation called A-Z Enterprise, which is a project that experiments with the social and environmental construction of human needs. A-Z has several experimental sites, where they test innovative designs for living.
With this theme in mind, Zittel's latest exhibition, Physical Matter Reality, merges the planes of traditional home decor. Zittel fuses different surfaces together, such as canvases, walls, floors, and furnishings. She leaves behind the idea that an object might have just fit into one category or have one function, and turns it into a multifaceted construction.
For example, in the gallery space you will see a 'show room' of tables, benches, rugs, and paintings, but they are all one and the same. The tables are different heights and different widths, meaning that they can be used as somewhere to put your coffee, but equally, something can use as a seat, or even lie down on. The surface is lined by carpet, making the low tables appear like a slightly raised floor, and the same material is also used as a canvas for the walls. It could be possible to turn the building on its side, and walk on the paintings like you would a rug, and vice versa, have the rugs as wall art. It is in this way that Zittel contorts our perception of the planes of material existence.
You can discover the installation for yourself at the Sadie Coles Gallery, where it will remain until the 31st May.