Faye Toogood, Assemblage 6: Unlearning

Friedman Benda, New York


Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Philip Sinden
From September 10, 2020 until October 17, 2020
Friedman Benda presents British artist Faye Toogood’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, Assemblage 6: Unlearning, from September 10, 2020 until October 17, 2020. Assemblage 6 marks a dramatic rupture in Faye Toogood’s creative trajectory, in which she has set out to ‘unlearn’ the process of design, and build it up again from scratch. This has led her to a conflation of furniture and sculpture, which draws upon the shifting perspectives encountered in childhood fables. The playful qualities of rough-hewn maquettes, broken up by the corrugations of crumpled paper and masking tape, are recast at functional scale – daybeds, chairs and consoles, manufactured in cast bronze, wrought iron and rough canvas. 

Taken as a whole, the collection suggests how deceptive first appearances can be. Trompe-l’oeil effects imitate the twisted wires and taped cardboard of the original models, preserving the creative steps that led to their own genesis even as the true materials of their construction are disguised. The designs suggest the aleatory qualities of folk art or found objects – yet every crinkle and crease has been carefully considered and recreated. And though they still evoke a moment of unforced naïveté, in which a shape is first roughed out, their imposing physicality betrays the involvement of numerous skilled hands.
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla
Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Faye Toogood. Photography by Daniel Kukla