Drawing, Design for Unidentified Object in Robot Form
This is a Drawing. It was designed by Dan Friedman. It is dated ca. 1980s and we acquired it in 1997. Its medium is graphite, red crayon on white paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
Likely a design for furniture or sculpture, this drawing
reflects Dan Friedman’s resistance to the purist,
modernist idea that form must follow function. Influenced
by his involvement in a European-based philosophical
dialogue about furniture since the 1970s, he coined
the term “mental furniture” to describe forms in which
symbolic meanings beyond the functional are possible.
Suggesting both the technological and the human, this
design reveals the interplay between pragmatism and
fantasy that occupied Friedman throughout his career.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Ken Friedman.
Its dimensions are
27.9 × 21.7 cm (11 × 8 9/16 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.)
It is inscribed
Inscribed in graphite, upside down, verso: Francisco Usesche 718-389-1855 / Brooklyn / (Greenpoint [with graphite doodle]
Cite this object as
Drawing, Design for Unidentified Object in Robot Form; Designed by Dan Friedman (American, 1945–1995); graphite, red crayon on white paper; 27.9 × 21.7 cm (11 × 8 9/16 in.) Mat: 45.7 × 35.6 cm (18 × 14 in.); Gift of Ken Friedman; 1997-19-343
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Collection Selects: Wyss Institute.