Art Auction 2018 | Cheryl Ekstrom


Cheryl Ekstrom

Beanbag, from the Stable Inhabitants series
Marine-grade stainless steel, 2012
28 x 24 x 24 inches
Courtesy of Brian Bodenhamer and Heather Bodenhamer Lee
Value: $36,000
Starting bid: $10,000
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The distinguished Laguna Beach sculptor Cheryl Ekstrom challenged the boundaries between decorative and fine arts. She was fascinated by mid-century modern furniture, particularly the work of Charles and Ray Eames, and made facsimiles of Eames chairs and other iconic works of design. The twist was to cast them in steel. It is a metamorphosis in which softness becomes hard metal and a design for comfortable sitting becomes a sculpture, even a kind of monument. The pieces uncannily reproduce textures, dents, and wrinkles in a sculptural trompe-l’oeil effect. Ekstrom named the series Stable Inhabitants of a Changing World.

Selected exhibitions
Faux Real, Laguna Art Museum, 2013
Gray Area, Christie’s Unwrapped, New York, 2013
Shoot!, Imago Gallery, Palm Springs, 2010

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