Josey Foo NEWS
Tomie’s Chair is inspired by the 1996 mixed-media installation “Arrival” by Tomie Arai at the Lower East Side Printshop, New York City. It is an allegory of outward and inward movement. The chair is a symbol of rest but also of decision — to rise and move beyond signposts, to change and break bonds, to be independent and create new bonds within one’s own static, open spaces; to go further than the signposts at the end of a half open road.
“Like Endou, Josey Foo’s first book, Tomie’s Chair is an indefinable work. More choreography than inscription as though air were the page on which it were written. As though composed out of doors. The chair is the most specific object in the field; it centers the field, but the chair is light and the center moves. The speaker a mere inference: ‘That there are a thousand stories to affirm the negative of me and perhaps only one story to reverse it.’ A new work by Josey Foo maintains a beautiful fidelity to the space between objects, beings, words and honors its own immanence with her deft, invisible brush.”
— C.D. Wright