Louis Ghost Chair

A lot has changed in the time between the reign of the Louis XV, King of France from 1715 until 1774, and the 2010 series of Ugly Betty.

The object that links these two seemingly incongruous periods, however, is Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost Chair, as immortalised in a new film of the same name by Simon Martin.

Simon Martin Louis Ghost Chair

Source: David Pearson

Simon Martin Louis Ghost Chair

Martin’s Louis Ghost Chair is a short film piece examining the transformation of the Louis XV armchair into Starck’s iconic transparent product, which was featured in the aforementioned Ugly Betty last year.

Simon Martin Louis Ghost Chair

Source: David Pearson

Simon Martin Louis Ghost Chair

Martin’s project was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, an organisation that commissions, curates, produces and presents film, video and other moving-image works by artists that are staged in collaboration with galleries and other cultural partners.

Simon Martin Louis Ghost Chair

Source: David Pearson

Simon Martin Louis Ghost Chair

The film is one in a series of moving image works by Martin that closely examine moments in art and design history, frequently honing in on particular objects as their focus. Louis Ghost Chair is comprised of a series of shots of antique and contemporary chairs and other objects, which act as the starting point from which to reflect on the ‘nature of class and taste’, according to the gallery, which is articulated through the film’s audio-commentary.

You can see Simon Martin’s Louis Ghost Chair from 21 January – 15 April 2012 at The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath, BA2 before it travels to Collective in Edinburgh in June.

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