'Psychosocial Seating', 2015, half a sofa, steel, 76 × 80 × 105 cm
'Behavioural Residue (studio)', 2015, sand cast lead, 110 × 50 × 2 cm
Born Leeds (GB), 1986
When Alex Farrar talks about his work, it is about the life his performative interventions have in their setting. Whether a photograph, mural or an expanse of brilliantly white carpet, they are outward looking, selfconscious additions that playfully interrupt their context and the viewer with a proposition.
For RijksakademieOPEN, Farrar has created a group of interlinked pieces based on the artist’s studio to consider a more pervasive sense of isolation, doubt and delay. Visitors encounter a series of modified sofas, mounted so they appear to puncture the walls. With a stroke of pataphysical logic, those brave enough to pull themselves into the raised seats are at once alone and at the same time in the company of an imaginary counterpart, sitting somewhere else entirely.
Here, a third space is created, a comfortable portal out of Rijksakademie Open. Like Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire cat. Farrar admits that he might not always be a helpful guide. He only intends to create the conditions in which something could happen with the visitors’ response being the most important consequence.