Gallery unveils new public sculpture by artist Seth

GUELPH – The Art Gallery of Guelph is pleased to announce the 40th permanent installation in the Donald Forster Sculpture Park.

Located in front of the gallery where it is a new companion piece for Carl Skelton’s Begging Bear, artist and cartoonist Seth’s Living Room Suite includes a sofa, two chairs and box television.

Cast in bronze, the “suite” builds on Seth’s interest in everyday places that evoke life in the 1950s – from cities and buildings to the coffee shops, hotel rooms, offices, and domestic spaces that populate his comic books and graphic novels like Palookaville, Clyde Fans, and Dominion City.

Given the presence of the television in daily experience at that time as well as in his own life, the television is oversized, looming larger in his imagination.

“We have all been spending more time than usual in our living rooms and in our homes,” notes Art Gallery of Guelph director Shauna McCabe.

“Seth’s sculpture acknowledges this shared experience by placing an interior space in the public realm. It also offers another important gathering place in the sculpture park and in our wider city landscape – a public living room where people can come together outside to enjoy art and each other.”

The sculpture was made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Guelph Community Foundation Musagetes Fund.