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Untitled (FS 80)

John M Armleder (1948)
Untitled (FS 80), 1985

Enamel varnish on Pavatex (panel), wood, Formica (table), 35.8 x 35.8 in. (panel), 48 x 11.8 x 18.1 in. (table)
Sammlung DaimlerChrysler

Armleder's early “Furniture Sculpture” Untitled (FS80) (see also 3) makes reference to the sculptural ensembles of the early American Minimalists, but their idealism is offset by the use of a trivial piece of furniture, in this instance, a table found at a flea market. The perforated panel consciously evokes abstract painting while simultaneously trivializing it and dealing with it on an ironic level, given that the panel is a common material used for sound insulation.

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