I am Victory. I rise from the bondage of the crates which contained the parts of chairs used in this art installation. Rescued from oblivion. Never to become an actual chair. These parts together celebrate the ingenuity of "Victory". So let our hearts and minds identify that we are one people. One face, one race - the human race - VICTORY!!!
I am The Guardian. The perfect balance between compassion and protection, I am a tender, nurturing Soul. Place yourself in front of me, near my feet and reach your hands up. Now you are two years old, looking up at your parent for love, guidance and protection. Experience the protection I provide and step behind me because I’m poised and ready for battle. My hand is balled into a fist, on guard. I am here for “Victory”.
THE SOUL MAN
As the Soul Man, I am eternity. Hands comfortably folded behind my back, I am patient not menacing. I will teach you that we should celebrate the life we do have. And from that life we must also respect that the Great Silence will follow. This is reflected in the my translucence. You never know when I will appear.
THE CREATOR & HUMANITY
Visionary - CEO
After 26 years Stevens vision has come to life.
Master Builder - Artist
Brian graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelors in Fine Art. Afterward, when he returned to his homeland of Canada with a mastery of oil painting, he was co-founder of the Studio of Modern Graffiti, a residence and gallery of several talented artists. Brian eventually moved to Colorado, with his wife Elizabeth. Search for possible new employment on Craigslist, Brian came across a curious ad: "Looking for an artist who can build sculptures from chair parts." Brian contacted Steve and the work began. Steve's three decade vision of building these soldiers out of chairs connected with Brian.
Chanel is a recent graduate of Parsons Paris with an MA degree in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies. Having lived and work in both Paris and New York, Chanel has considered cultural pluralism and transnational discourses in depth. She is intrigued by the intersections between modern and contemporary design, fashion, art and the notion of the ‘creative city.’ Her thesis centered on the spatial politics of global contemporary art fairs and the luxury of mobility. Chanel received her B.A. in Art History and Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has a background in luxury fashion management and as a fellow in the textile department at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Chanel is currently pursuing post-graduate work as a freelance curator and entrepreneur. Chanel is deeply committed to pursuing ethical and ecologically sustainable practices in design and chooses to collaborate with like-minded individuals.
Victory is the tangible presentation of Steve Farland’s vision to evoke the latent power within the chair, an everyday object he has worked with over his entire career. With the effort of Master Builder/Artist Brian Sartor, Canadian born artist, Steve’s vision was brought to life as limb by limb these giant soldiers emerged from heaps of broken and abandoned chairs. Steve’s intimate connection to the chair allows him to understand its presence as deeply rooted in a historical journey from tree, to seat, to junk, and then to an artistic space beyond. Playing on the themes of fragmentation and rebirth, Victory creates bold enigmatic characters out of dull, used chair pieces, demonstrating how fragmentation, ruin, age, and pain can be reshaped and presented as brave, evocative figures. In its refusal to let chairs be an idle seat of comfort, Victory activates these used chairs to redefine their function. These chairs no longer offer a place of repose but rather they reach out, reminding us to find solace in action and the ability to stand up and lift ourselves from the rubble. The sculptures beseech us to offer up our seat in the efforts to build something, which may provide great comfort and support to humanity, compassion and empathy. -Chanel Host Curator April 2018
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Special Thanks to:
Stephen Boulter, David Budd, Nicholas DeSciouse, Michael Dunahay, Jules Elders, Stan Geels (Stella’s Coffee House), Kirk Gillon, Nick Gulatta, Lisza Gulyas, Dana Foulks, Lauren Hegge DAM, Edgar ?, John King, Brenda LaBier, Byron Shafer, Randy Shafer, Helen Squire.