Laughing Lovers, 2006
Site-specific installation at Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
Carpet, paint, bean bag chairs
Laughing Lovers was made specifically for the exhibition Design/Build at Metaphor Contemporary Art. Laughing Lovers consisted of three circles – an orange circle (wall and carpet) and two bean bags, one red and one burgundy. Viewers were invited to interact and seat on the bean bags and become part of the installation.
“In her installation Rossana Martínez makes use of a finely tuned appreciation of the use of scale in interior space. Responding directly to the gallery she creates a space within it that is at once welcoming, playful, and unexpected, softening the formality that is so often associated with the exhibition of art. Martínez typically employs common and everyday materials in her site specific arrangements, and here proposes a heightened, and perhaps relaxing, aesthetic engagement with the off the rack carpet, wall paint, and colorful bean bag chairs that comprise this work. The contemplation of art offers the viewer a fleeting sense of refuge from day to day concerns, an escape from the ordinary into a world of the mind’s devising. Turning this idea on it’s head Martínez offers a refuge as art, encouraging the viewer to take their shoes off and share the experience.”
−Julian Jackson, Curator, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY