Friday, January 21, 2011

Unit Eleven Design at Eagle Performing Arts Center

Posted By on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Local performing and fine artists Kerry Tullis and Amy O'Brien have teamed up to form Unit Eleven Design, a company that specializes in custom designed and built furniture.

Often repurposing materials, specifically wood, Unit Eleven focuses on "building minimal, environmentally responsible pieces with an emphasis on avoiding unnecessary ornamentation," according to its artists' statement.

While the furniture, which includes tables, benches and stools, have a functional purpose, Unit Eleven often displays pieces in fine art galleries. It's not just fancy furniture in a showroom setting, though. With backgrounds and expertise in building theatrical sets and dance, Tullis and O'Brien bring a bit of the performance art to their multi-media installations.

The duo were invited to participate in Trey McIntyre Project's annual 9+1 exhibit in late 2010 and for the project, Unit Eleven built nine stools made from recycled wood tops and neon lacquered steel bases. Each stool had a height that corresponded with a particular TMP dancer's inseam. McIntyre was represented by a bench with hot pink legs which were, of course, longer than the legs of the other benches.

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