Violet Dennison

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Violet Dennison  Replicant

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Installation at the Berlin’s Open Forum gallery. Courtesy Open Forum. Image: Hans-Georg Gaul
Violet Dennison’s sculptures resemble cubical dwellers’ suppressed internal lives. At Berlin’s Open Forum gallery, the Connecticut-born artist perches cement geometric forms on discarded office chairs’ wheeled support structure. These concrete squares and cylinders have bursts of whimsy stuck on their top or interrupting their centre. Although cheerful and tactile, these little moments of office-friendly fun, including plastic plants and rainbow plastic dusters, highlight the hardness and colourlessness of the cement. Dennison, who has contributed to group shows at Manhattan’s David Zwirner gallery and Derek Eller gallery, makes creativity her primary intellectual activity.
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Using materials from her urban surroundings, including concrete and coffee cups, Violet Dennison crafts sculptures that attend to the modern conditions of labor. While her sculptures address drab working conditions with wit and sometimes with a mocking tone, she rejects terms like satire as too restrictive, stating that she wants “art to be more open–ended than that.” Her latest series of evocative works stem from found office chairs, which she disassembled and re-combined with whimsical arrangements composed of such everyday industrial materials as rebar. When not in the studio, Dennison is co-running the alternative exhibition space, Violet’s Café.