What happens when a work of art also presents a functional purpose, when a sculpture serves as a piece of furniture.
Artists stress this possible permeability between furniture and sculpture by creating pieces whose functionality vanishes behind form, by increasingly producing limited series, and sometimes even unique pieces.
This change in perspective has been brought about by artists that have rekindled the dialogue between form and function as Danny Lane, David Harber, Ran Hwang, Matt Devine and Richard Orlinski.
Highly influenced by Pop Art, Richard Orlinski recreated his wardrobe with jeans, perfectos, leather jackets and stiletto heels along with the Kong, the Tiger, the Bear and the Wolf.
He plays with the proportions of the animal to create an impression of strength, ferocity and power characteristic of the wild animals such as the Panther or the Wolf.
Richard Orlinski aims to touch a wide audience. His animals are civilized and his sculptures are generally greatly appreciated.
During his last interview he declared: “Kong is the animal with whom I most identify myself with. Ferocious and showing his fangs, he is as big-hearted monkey defending his sweetheart.”
Richard Orlinski’s artworks are everywhere: at the Cannes festival and during the TV show « The Voice » where giant headphones were sited on stage, but also in the French ski resort Courchevel where a Wolf, a Bear and a Kong were exhibited on the snowy slopes, not forgetting the Born Wild guitar that he has offered to Paul McCartney for his last concert in Paris.
He collaborated with Disneyland and created a sculpture of Mickey Mouse as sorcerer’s apprentice.
Many businessmen, personalities from the show business and the world of cinema have been seduced by his artworks. Among them are Sharon Stone, Paul McCartney, Harisson Ford, Meryl Streep, Andy Garcia, Richard Branson, David Guetta, Tony Parker et lately Omar Sy.
Richard Orlinski lives and works in Paris.