Untitled (Your Friendly Neighbour)
is a portrait of a sitter unknown. Wright found the chair during a routine verge side collection in his childhood suburb. Presented here in both photographic form and in actuality, the work almost provides a humourous conclusion to Joseph Kosuth’s 1965 seminal work One and Three Chairs
, however in this instance the work is less concerned with the formal properties of objecthood and more interested in the social situations and connected lived experiences to the chair. The chair as an object, as a found device becomes a conduit for considering our neighbourhoods, and the people who reside within them.
Wright says of the work “The chair which makes Untitled (Your Friendly Neighbour)
was found during verge side collection in 2020, down the road from my childhood home, outside of the Homeswest flats. I grew up watching many people – vagrants, the lost, drug addicted, poor, disabled and unwell, the type that are shoved under the rug of society – as they walked up and down the street, past the windows of my middle-class suburban Fremantle upbringing. I always wanted to get to know the people in the homes west flats. This chair, is perhaps the closest I'll ever get, to my friendly neighbours. A mixed medium of plastic outdoor chair, spray painted, written on with a paint pen, by Louis, someone I'll never know. I photographed the chair, creating perhaps a portrait of Louis, perhaps of the chair, of the occupants of the homes west flats, my friendly neighbours.” Untitled (Your Friendly Neighbour)
is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award. Purchase price includes the chair, photo print and artist statement. Printed by Joseph Landro.