Opposing View | Ann Reichlin
Working within the constraints of stability and practicality, the Reichlin bench is both sculptural and functional. The delightfully inventive bench is designed to offer two opposing seats, facing out in separate directions. The structural angles of the one seat help to support the other one. This double-seated bench can be used as a solitary sitting place where two people can sit separately — perhaps strangers or couples who wish to be near each other but desire a moment of silence. Fortuitously, should the two who are seated feel like communicating, by adjusting their sitting position, they can transform the social dynamic. This elegant sturdy bench can be used indoors or out.
Over the past 25 years, Ann Reichlin has been exhibiting her work in museums and non-profit spaces nationally, including solo shows at Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art and Hobart & William Smith Colleges; site-specific works at Sculpture Space; and group shows, including at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. She has participated in numerous distinguished residencies in the US, as well as in the Czech Republic. Ms. Reichlin has received numerous grants and fellowships, including from the New York Foundation for Arts (NYFA) (Architecture/Environmental Structures) and the New York State Council on the Arts. Ms. Reichlin has served on NYFA’s Artists’ Advisory Committee. Her work has been included in numerous publications including Stone Canoe, NYFA Current, Sculpture Space (the book) and Sculpture Magazine. Ms. Reichlin received her BFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College (1997–2001) and an Artist-in-Residence at Brandeis University (1990–1997).