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THE SOFA
above: Gosia Wlodarczak (2009) THE SOFA, outcome of a drawing performance for the IKEA Home Project and Bush Fire Appeal, Performance Space at Carriage Works in Sydney, 28 July 2009 top from left: Gosia Wlodarczak during the process : Meeting George Parkin; Meeting Pauline Plumb; IKEA Home Project at the CarriageWorks space.

For the IKEA HOME PROJECT I arranged a series of performative drawing situations titled THE SOFA: COFFEE & CHAT. The performance took place at the CarriageWorks Performance Space in Sydney during six hours before the opening of the exhibition (from 12 noon till 6 pm, 28 July 2009).

The essence of the performance was to document, using the act of drawing, a series of relaxed conversations over a cup of coffee with visitors to the CarriageWorks Performance Space.

At the CarriageWorks Performance Space a “living-room situation” was arranged with IKEA objects: a Klippan Sofa, a Klippan Pouffe, and a Lack Coffee Table. The visitors to the space were invited to sit on the sofa and to share a cap of coffee/tea, and have conversation with me. Each meeting took about 30 minutes. While sitting on the sofa, talking, I was drawing on the sofa’s canvas cover between myself, and the participant’s body. Together with other sofas by 29 Australian artists, THE SOFA with its drawn cover was auctioned with the funds raised directed to Victoria Bushfire Recovery and Reconstruction Authority.

The performance was photographed in progress by Longin Sarnecki.

Exhibition dates: 28 July - 4 August 2009