Sitting comfortably in the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea NYC is a really cool exhibit named ” Things Around The House” by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen. This exhibition includes about 100 pieces
from the home where Oldenburg has lived since 1971, which he shared with his wife Coosje until her passing her passing in 2009.
Oldenburg gives a unique perspective on commonplace objects by distorting their scale and changing its material. You can find things like oversized clothes pin to an exaggerated oversized book of matches made of cardboard. This was definitely one of the cooler exhibits
I’ve had a chance to see, he uses such simple around the house materials that we use everyday and it made me think about the things I encounter on a daily basis that I don’t necessarily think to care for. It made me wonder, what kind of masterpiece could I create? It made me think of all the tiny things that impact my life on a daily basis I’d be devastated without, which is why I remain humbled because my life could be very different.
Check out some photos of the exhibition below. If you have time the exhibit runs until December 19th at the Paula Cooper Gallery 534 W 21st Street.