chairs and artworks
Every day the camera, positioned according to another script, made a chronicle of the changing gallery, registering the impact of an additional element: the natural light.
John Cage planned the installation for the full fourth floor of 500 Sampsonia Way. He made a grid of the gallery floor and walls, and assigned a number to each grid space. A computer program generated random patterns for placement of the wall-hung works and the chairs.
The plan for the exhibition blocked out instructions. Each day the curator hung the 15 works of art and placed the chairs designated by the plan.
With its distinctive space, the Mattress Factory was a constituent of the 1991 Carnegie International, the 51st in a series of contemporary art exhibitions of The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In an empty room the chair(s), the walls neither painted nor the paint removed (the walls as they are), the use of chance operations to determine the placement and orientation of the chair(s) and which fifteen of a source of forty-eight works, twelve each by Dove Bradshaw, John Cage, Mary Jean Kenton, and Marsha Skinner are presented each day. Working during the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, John Cage honed his skills in the midst of the growing American avant garde. Neither a painter or a sculptor, Cage is best known for revolutionizing modern music through his incorporation of unconventional instrumentation and the idea of environmental music dictated by chance. His approach to composition was deeply influenced by Asian philosophies, focusing on the harmony that exists in nature, as well as elements of chance. Cage is famous not only for his radical works, like