Simon Martin's Louis Ghost Chair installation premieres at The Holburne Museum in Bath

By Kayleigh Rose Lewis | 03 February 2012
A close-up photo of an ornate chair
© David Pearson
Installation: Simon Martin – Louis Ghost Chair, The Holburne Museum, Bath, until April 15 2012

Simon Martin's latest short film, commissioned by the both the museum and Film and Video Umbrella, centres around the classic Louis XV armchair.

Martin is known for his interest in how art and artefacts are reproduced as well as the ideas and values we associate with them.

Louis Ghost Chair considers the original design of the Louis XV chair before looking at its contemporary reinvention in the form of Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost, a transparent reproduction designed for Italian manufacturer Kartell.

The 17-minute film, narrated by Rosy Kendall – a teenage drama student from the Royal High School in Bath – follows on from other engaging works by Martin.

In Carlton, 2006, a film dedicated to the Carlton cabinet designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1981, Martin explores another piece of furniture that he considers to have had a particular effect on the direction of design at a particular point in history.

The museum will be running accompanying events alongside the new film, such as a talk by the artist himself on March 21.

He will be discussing both the inspiration behind the Louis Ghost Chair project and his personal interests in art and design history.

There will also be a screening of the first episode the John Berger's influential Ways of Seeing on April 12, a documentary looking at the ways in which art is perceived.

Originally shown in 1972, it served as a point of reference for Martin’s own artistic investigations and will be introduced by the show’s producer, Mike Dibb, and art critic Gareth Evans.  

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