Sebastián Errázuriz: Working Against Time is first solo exhibition of Errázuriz’s work. A conceptual exploration of life and death, this project delves into his skewed and satirical view of reality. His project incorporates traditional Chilean wood, recycled wood, stainless steel, appropriated objects and even the capricious use of a duck. For the artist, each material presents a blank canvas that he molds and shapes to a harmonious proportion.
Since early childhood, Sebastian Errázuriz has been fascinated with the dichotomy of life and death and has explored these themes consistently through his career. Mortality captures his imagination as he presents a memento mori in the Death Secretaire. The restored 19th century desk has a hidden compartment with an authentic human skull, evoking imagery from Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors to Damien Hirst's diamond encrusted skull in For the Love of God. Inspired by the use of funerary boats to access the hereafter in ancient Egyptians and Nordic cultures, he modernized the journey of death with The Boat Coffin. For the artist, the work is more than just a mere reminder of mortality, the viewer is bluntly confronted with the inevitability of death head on.
For Sebsatian Errázuriz, the idea behind the piece is the principal factor in the design and his work is intended to engage, challenge and even antagonize the viewer. With a humoristic tone to his work, he creates fantastical visions that contradict our sense of reality and propriety. His work is also shaped by his innate sense of proportion and harmony. In recounting the construction of the Wing Chaise Lounge in wood, he describes requesting the craftsmen to continue shaving off millimeters of wood until they achieved the graceful structure in perfect equilibrium. He strives for an aesthetical harmony that is evident in the elegant and classic forms that he produces
Sebastian Errázuriz 's fixation with death is heightened by his celebration of life. Ever aware of the transient quality of human existence, his passion for life is manifest in his obsessive urge for people to be aware of and enjoy every moment. He reinterprets quotidian objects in satirical and ironic ways, he urges his audience to take a moment to truly stop and contemplate the object. His designs demand attention, fulfilling his goal: “to create a moment of space and invite people to look again at what is already there and to contribute a wider long-term conscience of reality to viewers."