suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
shane NEUFELD & kevin KUNSTADT: When asked to propose a sculptural installation for the summer show in Jeff Bailey’s New York City gallery space, we wanted to invoke a narrative that would live up to the exhibition’s suggestive title, It’s Hot Inside. Drawing on some of the themes from our past projects, we designed and produced a one-of-a-kind loveseat consisting of five distinct heart-shaped components that billow up from the floor and kiss along their respective edges to form a single contiguous surface for summer loving. The seat’s voluptuous contours also provide for a dynamic spatial experience of the gallery: they frame the two dimensional work that is on the gallery walls while also giving visitors the option of viewing the work from a relaxed (seated) position.
We are also developing an alternative version of the LOVSEAT that uses two hearts rather than five. Editing the number of hearts pressures the individual components to work harder in order to generate the form of the seat. The result is an exaggerated, voluptuous surface that further abstracts the iconic image of the heart. Materials consist of low density foam, resin, wiggle board, auto body paint
sP: What or who influenced this project?
sN & kK: Over the past two years, we’ve designed several projects named for the human characteristics they personify. Our Kissing Booth, a competition entry for a warming hut in 2010, consisted of two surfaces that torque and kiss in order to create shelter. In early 2011, we participated in Storefront for Architecture’s competition entitled Streetfest, where we proposed an entirely new architectural model for street fair tents based on sibling rivalries and hopscotch. The LOVSEAT is simply another chapter in a story we hope to continue to tell.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
sN & kK: Love and happiness, love the one you’re with, lovecats, what is this thing called love, l-o-v-e (love), whole lotta love, that’s how strong my love is, love comes in spurts, everybody needs somebody to love, i just called to say i love you, and sexual healing.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
sN & kK: Brian Jungen, Native American Totem Poles, Ernesto Neto, Gabriel Orozco, and yes . . . Greg Lynn.
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We’d like to thank Scott Kunstadt for fabricating the LOVSEAT.