a film by Sayer Danforth + Azadeh Shladovsky
Los Angeles-based designer, Azadeh Shladovsky presents UNSCENE - a collaborative short film installation and inaugural show at Shladovsky’s new Los Angeles studio on October 15th, on view through November 15th. UNSCENE will consist of a body of work that explores Shladovsky’s study in visual perception in the craft of furniture making. New physical works will accompany the film. A donation of fifty percent (50%) of net sale proceeds will be made to Blind Children Centers.
In UNSCENE, Shladovsky experiments with preconceived visual associations and plays with unexpected optical input. As she says, “it seemed natural to engage in this experiment through the medium of film, because the process presented another layer of visual decision-making, namely that of the filmmaker. “
Shladovsky’s last two collections of contemporary furniture have explored juxtapositions in materiality and the tensions that ensue, intended to provoke a sensory reaction and challenge the way in which furniture is perceived, defined and felt; visually, physically and emotionally. With UNSCENE, the sensorial aspect of Shladovsky’s work has moved into a more focused study of visual perception.
As Shladovsky explains, “questioning the way we see has become a constant source of inspiration for my work. I am fascinated by the way in which the human mind interprets visual input and how once defined, these pictorial associations become a part of our consciousness. The way we choose to define the images presented to us is as important, as the images themselves.“
UNSCENE is a collaborative film and site-specific installation between Shladovsky and filmmaker Sayer Danforth. Based on a mutual desire to capture the visually unseen by creating impromptu experiences within the natural world, In UNSCENE, Shladovsky and Danforth set out on a road trip throughout the Southwest that would capture some of the most unusual and grandest natural environments in the United States. Pairing inconceivable environments with sensory-rich furniture pieces to create unexpected context. What results is a visual journey that challenges perceptions of places and things in a manner both surprising and comforting at once.
As Danforth shares, “the concept behind UNSCENE was to take otherwise inanimate objects out of their normal environments and into unexpected contexts bringing them to life in new ways. The journey is guided by a maternal instinct to share, reveal, discover, and envision.”
For more information about UNSCENE, please visit: azadehshladovsky.com/unscene