Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

NLE Lab: Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Ena Swansea


Party People Sofa, 2014
Steel, auto body paint, burlap, fake fur, feathers, and computerized reproductions of paintings on dye-sublimation casino gaming suede
35.25 x 157 x 33.5 inches
Edition of 8
Courtesy of the artist, Locks Gallery and Albertz Benda

Sharing the living room is Ena Swansea, whose night and day reversible sofa breaks down barriers between real and imagined worlds, painting and sculpture. Inspired by the efficiency of reversible clothing, Swansea pursued the idea of reversible furniture, which welcomes different functions and moods. Each sofa can be changed from serene white fur to landscape or party themed images selected from the artist’s paintings. Conceived as a curving steel form, her sofas are also multi-functional. A large hidden bookshelf that winds across the back makes the furniture an ideal host for quiet study or meditation during the day, while a drinks shelf welcomes a party at night.