The solo exhibition “On a Tipped Chair” marks the debut introduction of Boechler’s olfactory body of work. It is the first time that both the included oil paintings and their companion scents are being presented to the public as a collection. Using traditional methods in contemporary context, “On a Tipped Chair” explores the relationship of two dimensional art and scent influence on the individual. The work within the exhibit confronts the exploration of mental illness and loneliness, emphasizing the importance and perhaps even formative roles these experiences have in our lives. Boechler's practice is heavily influenced by scent. “On a Tipped Chair” encompasses Boechler's most recent body of work and pairs custom-designed scents alongside the original oil paintings they inspired. The work is the result of an experimental process that allowed the artist to be guided by scent exposure. The scents within the exhibit represent direct experiences of the artist. They contain smells from memories that have directly influenced the outcome of the individual works, ranging from notes of lemongrass to black tar, providing insight into the most personal aspects of Boechler’s practice. The exhibit title “On a Tipped Chair” references the artist’s personal relationship with anxiety and uses the experience of sitting on an unbalanced chair to draw an unusual comparison between these states of unrest. The works within the exhibit explore the process of living and creating on this precipice and present a question that many artists find themselves having to consider on a daily basis: How do I maintain the balance necessary to productively pursue a craft that is inherently free and unrestricted in nature? The exhibit has been produced in collaboration with the House of Cherry Bomb Perfumery, based out of Brooklyn, New York, who have exclusively crafted the custom designed scents that accompany the works.
“House of Cherry Bomb was thrilled to be a part of Jared Boechler’s extraordinary exhibition, creating fragrances for the provocative, haunting selection of paintings in February 2018 at the Sheen Center in Soho, NYC.
Six scents were created for each painting, embracing the conceptual aspects of the works, with accords like motor oil, burning car, summer night, mother’s fur , sauna , and sweat, and nail polish all singing in harmony and discord throughout this immersive, olfactive experience.
On a Tipped Chair is a traveling exhibition, next slated to be presented in Seattle in summer of 2018.”