Curatorial Projects > Don't Try This at Home (2007)

Zachary Royer Scholz
Object 319811407 (velvet, wood, canvas, cotton batting, thread) (detail), 2007

Zachary Royer Scholz’s sculptures are created from the outer skins of two couches – one from a friend’s house, one from his studio. Objects that we count on to provide a reflective break from time working in the studio, or for tossing our bags and bodies onto returning home after a long day. After thoroughly dissecting these objects layer by layer, and disassembling internal skeletal structures and exterior skins, he highlights a singular quality of the couches. He expands the hyper-saturated surface area of a Happy Days era couch and places unsoiled arm and backing pieces of leather next to ones dark from years of wear, dyed with the residue of black jeans and leather jackets, turning them into sculptural works that feel familiar yet exotic, eye-catching yet unsightly, attractive yet repulsive.

Don't Try This at Home

September 17 - October 13, 2007
Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

Photo credit: Scott Chernis