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Roy McMakin

American, b. 1956

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Roy McMakin

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American, b. 1956

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Biography

“The functional use of an art object is so interesting,” says Roy McMakin. “I figured out long ago that if, as an artist, you allow folks to use your works it changes everything. I think this is a deeply profound notion, and also kinda silly.” Much of McMakin’s work is premised on the re-imagination of the way in which functional objects are sited and situated, displaying a table on the wall or pillows on low pedestals. He experiments with the Duchampian readymade, transforming pre-existing cultural products into artworks by altering their context, presentation, or meaning. In his found and fabricated furniture pieces, McMakin also plays with the aesthetic conventions of sculpture, echoing, in the Bauhaus-like simplicity of his chairs, tables, and stools, minimalist painters and sculptors, such as Donald Judd and Anthony Caro.

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Solo show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles
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MOCA Los Angeles
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum
Biography

“The functional use of an art object is so interesting,” says Roy McMakin. “I figured out long ago that if, as an artist, you allow folks to use your works it changes everything. I think this is a deeply profound notion, and also kinda silly.” Much of McMakin’s work is premised on the re-imagination of the way in which functional objects are sited and situated, displaying a table on the wall or pillows on low pedestals. He experiments with the Duchampian readymade, transforming pre-existing cultural products into artworks by altering their context, presentation, or meaning. In his found and fabricated furniture pieces, McMakin also plays with the aesthetic conventions of sculpture, echoing, in the Bauhaus-like simplicity of his chairs, tables, and stools, minimalist painters and sculptors, such as Donald Judd and Anthony Caro.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles
Group
Group show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Articles Featuring Roy McMakin
Sculptures To Sit (Or Fool Around) On: Roy McMakin Fuses Form and Function
Sep 11th, 2014
Sculptures To Sit (Or Fool Around) On: Roy McMakin Fuses Form and Function
Six Booths You Need to Visit at Collective 2
Apr 29th, 2014
Six Booths You Need to Visit at Collective 2
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