RON ARAD (B. 1952)
'OH VOID 1' A CHAIR, 2004
number 3 from an edition of 6, Corian
45 in. (114.4 cm.) high, 78½ in. (200 cm.) wide, 18½ in. (47 cm.) deep
signed Ron Arad 3/6
Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Ron Arad: New Designs, November 2005 - January 2006.

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cf. Exhibition Catalogue, Ron Arad: A Retrospective Exhibition, Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, 2005, p. 42 for another example of this model;
P. Antonelli, Ron Arad: No Discipline, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2009, p. 110 for another example of this model.

Other examples of this model have been exhibited in Ron Arad: No Discipline at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, August - October 2009 and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, November - March 2009; Ron Arad: A Retrospective Exhibition at Barry Friedman Ltd., New York, May - June 2005; Ron Arad at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, April 2004.

A result of Ron Arad's 2004 collaboration with DuPont, the 'Oh Void I' and 'Oh Void 2' lounge chairs were made from the chemical company's durable acrylic based plastic, Corian. In keeping with Arad's love of the curve, the 'Oh Void's' sculptural form is based on two joined ellipses or a figure 8, one of Arad's signature shapes - in this case bent and lying on its side. By altering proportion, color, weight and material (metal, carbon fiber, acrylic and silicone among others), Arad has also created a series of different 'Void' chairs from this model.

For the two Corian versions Arad had a large number of the synthetic sheets bound together by a contrasting color of the material in fluid form (despite the fact that DuPont was proud that the adhesive layer could be an exact color match) and then carved the 'Oh Void' lounge chairs from the solid blocks. The process resulted in an embedded system of veins or rings that appear like those in an old tree trunk. The 'Oh-Void 1' is black with white veining and takes a more elongated form than the 'Oh-Void 2' which is red with black and is more compressed in appearance. Arad is characteristically playful: 'Oh-Void' takes its form, of course, from ovoids, and, the voids of the form are paramount to its design.
A Corian 'Oh Void 2' chair is in the collection of the Stedelijk Musuem, Amsterdam.

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