Maarten Vanden Eynde

Boot Legs, The Chair as Artwork, The Galila's Collection Belgium, Latvian National Museum of Art, (c) Kristine Madjare

Boot Legs, The Chair as Artwork, The Galila's Collection Belgium, Latvian National Museum of Art, (c) Kristine Madjare

The chair is the ultimate symbol of that seminal moment in human history known as the agricultural revolution, when hunter-gatherers became farmers, transitioning from a nomadic lifestyle to a settled one that focused on the immediate environment. And being settled, they also sat. Perhaps using a rock or log as a ‘chair’ as they gathered around the fire. A chair both allows and forces you to stop moving and think about life and the future in a different way. When humans learned how to control fire, how to use it to change the form and function of matter, their dominance as a species was assured. Without a chair to watch over the fire, history could have taken a very different turn. 'Boot Legs' is a tribute to the chair, but also a sad reminder of what settling down has led to: sprawl, overpopulation and endless reproduction.