I became enchanted with the artist Roy McMakin back when the ultra serious Richard Meier, architect of the just completed Getty Center in Los Angeles, had a tantrum over the furniture McMakin was commissioned to create for the complex. The furniture was a little roly-poly and a tad goofy, juxtaposing a sentimentally sweet wink to Meier’s absolute purity. Maier was outraged, AND I LOVED IT!
McMakin is that rare talent that slides seamlessly between architecture, furniture, and art making. Over the years, his Domestic Furniture/Architecture Company has created special buildings and interiors all over the country for artists, art collectors, and people of style. Simultaneously, his art is sold at one of the most blue chip galleries in New York – Mathew Marks. His “art” often looks like furniture. His “furniture” often looks like “art.”
I was tooling around the internet and found these incredible interiors where painted shapes bisect the furniture and rugs of the space. My friend Robert had suggested I paint a rectangle on the ceiling over my bed the other night – almost like a canopy. Then, low and behold, I ran into the image below. Pretty GREAT, huh?!
I thought The below images/pieces were pretty neat too. I like that something is sweetly “off” in all of the objects/rooms. Whether misaligned, out of proportion, strangely colored – there is a memory game going on in McMakin’s work that is sometimes hard to pin-point, but the imperfection is quite beautiful and haunting to me.