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Nostalgic Paper Pulp Chairs

Thomas Barger's 'Growing Up' Exhibition Recreates Childhood Memories

— March 12, 2018 — Art & Design
Brooklyn-based artist Thomas Barger crafted a collection of 'Growing Up' furniture pieces inspired by his childhood memories back in Illinois. The collection is comprised of a series of paper pulp chairs that are being showcased at the Salon 94 Design gallery in New York. Barger's furniture pieces are also sculptures of expression, as he is reflecting upon his childhood more then ever since his recent coming out experience.

Every piece from the Growing Up collection is the artist's way of embodying a transition from the past to adulthood. The chairs each correlate to a place or memory from his time in the Midwest. For example, the curved chairs with thick leg foundations and perforated details resemble sand formations from a creek in Illinois.
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