Pain or Pleasure

Omar Sosa gets comfortable at Friedman Benda

Couch by John Chamberlain (1970), Polyurethane foam, parachute cloth, (Daniel Kukla/Courtesy Friedman Benda and John Chamberlain)

One’s threshold for discomfort can vary widely as can their need for comfort. Conditioned by external forces, these psychological extremes have a strong impact on the behavior, identity, and the social norms we adopt. Collective expectations of convenience and satisfaction often mirror economic and societal shifts. In the past, we might have been unknowingly content to live without the amenities we’ve grown accustomed to since.

Exploring the split between comfort and discomfort through a visual, material, and referential lens, Omar Sosa mounts the Comfort exhibition at the Friedman Benda gallery, on view until February 15. The cofounder and creative director of maverick interiors publication Apartamento was commissioned by the collectible design platform as part of its annual guest curator program.

In his research, Sosa sought to investigate comfort’s correlation with aesthetics, and the tension that occurs between the visual and physical properties of utilitarian objects, sculptures, photographs, and paintings.

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