In The Artist’s Bedroom, John Booth has fulfilled the pretty much universal dream of creating the bedroom of his teenage dreams. The immersive installation represents the variety of expressions and forms integral to John’s multidisciplinary practice – layers of colour, patterns and floral displays – and takes them a step further. There are portrait vases and prints, printed cushion covers and woollen floor rugs, mirrors, ceramic side tables, a desk and a hand-painted bed, as well as an embroidered sweatshirt draped over the artist’s chair, espresso cups, and a ceramic pencil holder. And all of it is for sale.
The Artist’s Bedroom was made in collaboration with not-for-profit art and design store House of Voltaire, proceeds from which support independent arts organisation Studio Voltaire, and held at 5 Carlos Place, the retail experience space by matchesfashion.com. It has the feel of a Marc Camille Chaimowicz or Donald Judd work, via Keith Haring and Pee Wee’s Playhouse; it’s exuberant and beautifully chaotic.
The work opposes the tired aesthetic of staid, so-called “minimal” interiors, which really – particularly after taking a look inside The Artist’s Bedroom – has just become a by-word for aggressively conservative and dull.
The scalloped bed, stools and side tables were made in collaboration with London-based plywood studio Uncommon Projects, and there’s a table with matching cups designed by ceramicist, researcher and curator, Ian McIntyre.
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