24. Sebastien Chandonnet
My work often involves nostalgia, robots, theater, and technological elements because these are things I grew up with and like to hold on to. I am drawn to robot characters in media who struggle to find what it means to be human and I relate to this journey and like to explore the topic through making robot personas in the form of helmets and costumes. A lot of my work is inspired by the Cassette Futurism era which is a time from the 70s-90s where technology was becoming a part of everyday life and was clunky and very in your face, I think the shapes and products that came from that era are super inspiring and I often find myself longing for them in our current age where technology is integrating itself with everyday life and is nearly invisible. I enjoy fabricating set pieces and making furniture out of unconventional materials that look like they belong in a different era or world entirely. My dream is to work on a production team and create scenery for theater, movies, or even theme parks to provide people with a one of a kind experience they can’t get from sitting at home.
Making art is my therapy. Often times I get overwhelmed and feel like nothing is in my control. These are feelings I have had since I was a child and still struggle with today. When things are out of my control I occupy my brain with things I can control with my own two hands. My hand is visible in every inch of a piece a make because that way when I am finished I can stand back and say, “I did that,” which seems like a very childish thing to think but when you grow up constantly feeling like you can always do better, it is important to feel a sense of self accomplishment.
1 - Location: Not Here, 2020, Thrifted and reupholstered couch and table,
CRT TV, DVD Player, vinyl fabric, electrical tape, yarn, video, 11’ x 10’
2 - Location: Not Here, 2020, Video, 4:30
3 - Blue Eyes, 2019, EVA Foam, screws, plastic folder, scrap keyboard parts, LED lights, scrap computer parts, 12.5” x 12”
4 - Shrapnel, 2019, EVA Foam, screws, plastic folder, broken CDs, LED lights,12.5” x 12”
5 - Hackerman, 2019 (inspired by Shalva Nikvashvili), EVA Foam, mesh fabric plastic folder, scrap keyboard parts, LED lights, keyboard keys, scrap computer parts, laptop charge, 12.5” x 12”
6. Sebastien Chandonnet
ATAGR, 2019 LED Strips, wires, laptop charger, worbla, EVA foam, plastic utensils, projector bulbs, stretch pleather, small computer parts, 15” x 18”
7 - Where Exercise Meets Fun, 2019, Thrifted Recliner, Dance Dance Revolution Dance Mats, Stretch Pleather Fabric, 52" x 38"