New York City
ON VIEW at 9 BLEECKER STREET
Contemplation booth made from the reclaimed Eastern White Pine of 211 Pearl St., Manhattan. Additional information at www.12x12nyc.com.
Designer Statement We make furniture to give our bodies comfort and make our lives easier. The Agnostic Confessional is meant to deliver us from the dearest of our troubles. With its peculiar form of ergonomics, it aspires not to prevent the passing discomforts that attend the contact of body against blunt objects, but to ease the more recurrent and troubling ones that come with the awareness of our deep-seated inadequacies. A wooden strategy against shame, the Agnostic Confessional consoles by concealment, providing the opportunity to unburden our souls publicly by the confession of our sins, imaginary and otherwise, while at the same time keeping the body relaxed and the countenance away from the prying gaze.
OBRA produced their piece in collaboration with Jerry Middleton, wood worker of Brooklyn, woodessentials.com, and Rich Watts and Zachary Bruner of The City Foundry, thecityfoundry.com.
Proceeds will support woodshop skills training in the five boroughs through Brooklyn Woods, www.bwiny.org/pages/brooklynwoods.html with a track record of helping to reclaim the lives of people coming out of poverty, drugs and prison.
The benefit auction ends on Friday, May 25, at 7pm.