The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Assigned Seating

Assigned Seating, an exhibition of mixed-media works by students in School of Visual Arts faculty member Shannon Goff’s class, will be on display in the Borland Gallery on the Penn State University Park campus, November 13-14, 2013. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 p.m., in the gallery.

The exhibition, featuring work that falls somewhere between designed objects and sculptural objects, is the result of an assignment by Goff, assistant professor of art. In her class, Beginning Sculpture, the students were tasked with transforming salvaged oak chairs formerly used in the University’s libraries.  In project SEAT, each student is given two identical chairs and asked to consider the body and how it moves in, around, and through space. SEAT required them to channel Dr. J's legendary play against Kareem Abdul Jabaar and engage in an act that is "the product of talent and will accommodate itself to liberating the rules” [Dave Hickey, The Heresy of Zone Defense (From Air Guitar, Los Angeles: Art Issues Press) 155].

The real challenges for the eight undergraduates are the parameters that Goff established. “The seats may not be used as a seat. The backs may not be used as a back. The legs may not be used as legs. Every part of the chairs must be used. Your SEAT must be able to support your body in some way.”

The students participating in the exhibition are B.F.A. candidates Victoria Brown, Christine Fashion, Hollace Kutay, Orly Mayer, Yasser Mahmoud, and Corey Pratt; Interdisciplinary Digital Studio candidate Abby Bosley; and Josey Lee, a B.A. candidate in art and sociology.