Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

With a gentle push, the sides of the Explosion Cabinet slide outwards as if exploded.


Details: Made of movable interlocking wood slats on top, front and back, and glass on either side, this cabinet is made to “explode”. The wood rails are made to slide outwards while still remaining attached, all the way to what appears to be “beyond the bounds of stability”.


Explosion Cabinet will be shown at Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, his first solo museum exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) opening on September 6th, 2014.

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“Inactivated, Explosion sits as a tidy, beautiful credenza. Transparent glass sidewalls provide a glimpse inside this intriguing but staid box. Further exploration of the central vertical seam reveals an entirely different object: With a gentle push, the rails slide further and further open until it seems that the cabinet has exploded beyond the bounds of stability.

It is ‘a beautiful, surprising, and confounding work that represents the playful conceit of the master cabinetmaker showing off,’ says Carnegie Museum of Art curator Rachel Delphia.

Even as Explosion’s exterior expands outward, it retains beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanics so complex that they took more than a year to perfect, despite borrowing one of cabinetmaking’s oldest tricks, the sliding dovetail.”

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