Guy Ben-Ner

Treehouse Kit

2005
A humorous take on the classic castaway tale Robinson Crusoe (1719), this work consists of a sculpture and “instructional” video showing how to build all the necessary furnishings for an island for one out of a tree Guy Ben-Ner created from modified furniture parts. The mass production of build-it-yourself domestic fittings is one response, suggests the Tel-Aviv-based artist, to primal, romantic longings “to fantasize ‘origin’ or creativity (via IKEA instructions).” As in many of his works, the comedic melds with philosophical reflection, in this case measuring solitary desire against social responsibility. Ben-Ner’s family appears briefly toward the end of the video, in a photograph the bearded artist looks at pensively before folding it into a shim to support his bed.
Artist
Title
Treehouse Kit
Date
2005
Medium
Time-Based Media
Materials
digital video, 10:00 minutes, wooden tree construction, carpet, mattress with silkscreen cover
Dimensions
installation dimensions variable
Nationality
Israeli
Credit line
Purchased 2008
Accession number
42293