ART & DESIGN

Photos: Domestic Ills: Sculptor Jessi Reaves Elevates Furniture By Making It Weirder

In her debut solo gallery show, the emerging art star Jessi Reaves embraces the misshapen, the uncovered, and the rickety. Climb onboard!

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Installation view of Jessi Reaves’s solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue Gallery. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

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Reaves and Robert Bittenbender’s “Crust of the Lake,” 2016. Glass, metal, wood, cloth, sawdust, tape, rubber. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

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Installation view of Jessi Reaves’s solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue Gallery. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

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Reaves’s “Muscle Chair (Laying down to talk),” 2016. Suede, steel, sawdust, bun feet, resin, foam. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

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Installation view of Jessi Reaves’s solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue Gallery. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

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Reaves’s “Twice Is Not Enough (Red to Green Chair),” 2016. Wood, sawdust, steel, foam, silk, leather, cotton. Reaves’s “Muscle Chair (Laying down to talk),” 2016. Suede, steel, sawdust, bun feet, resin, foam. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

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Installation view of Jessi Reaves’s solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue Gallery. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

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Installation view of Jessi Reaves’s solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue Gallery. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

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Reaves’s “Foam Couch with Straps,” 2016. Upholstery foam, fiberglass, wood, webbing. Reaves’s “Muscle Chair (Laying down to talk),” 2016. Suede, steel, sawdust, bun feet, resin, foam. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.

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Reaves’s “Rules Around Here (Waterproof Shelf),” 2016. Plywood, vinyl, zippers, marker. Reaves’s “Muscle Chair (Laying down to talk),” 2016. Suede, steel, sawdust, bun feet, resin, foam. Photo copyright Jessi Reaves, image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York.