THE JOURNEY OF SEBASTIAN ERRAZURIZ
A new generation of creatives is increasingly producing work at the nexus of art and design. A young trailblazer of this movement is Sebasti n Err zuriz, who successfully melds elements of sculpture and performance with design. The graphic visual language of Err zuriz, a Chilean now living in New York, plays masterfully with elements of nature and pop culture. The lightness and sneaky irony of his oeuvre has often been compared with that of Erwin Wurm, while its morbid charm suggests a kinship with Tom Sachs and Gabriel Orozco. Err zuriz's work has already been shown at over 40 exhibits in cities including New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Barcelona. Sotheby's sold one of his pieces at its legendary Important Twentieth Century Design Auction when he was only 28 years old.Sebasti n Err zuriz is especially well known for his project Memorial of a Concentration Camp. For this artwork he had a 10-meter-tall magnolia tree planted in the middle of the soccer field at Santiago de Chile's national soccer stadium--on the exact spot where in 1973 dictator Augusto Pinochet had thousands of political prisoners tortured and then executed. For one week Err zuriz thus turned the arena into a public park that invited contemplation. On the last day, the artist had the two best Chilean soccer teams play a match around the tree for 20,000 spectators. This book is the first comprehensive collection of Sebasti n Err zuriz's work, which the New York Times calls "humorously avant-garde." It includes texts by artist Tom Sachs and gallery owner Cristina Grajales.
"My favorite works by Sebastien have always been his explorations of negative space, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say, the hidden dimensions of the piece that take time to be discovered. We were honored to be the first auction house to sell a work of Sebastien's, his Bowl Dinner Table, in which we placed a centerpiece of green apples during our exhibition. Since then, I have always admired the Piano Shelf and its successor the Porcupine Cabinet for their poetic functionality."
- James Zemaitis, Director of Sotheby's 20th Century Design Department