One and One Chair (2014)
One and One Chair is one of her earliest pieces made when she was only 23. Although this piece was made a decade ago she believes it to be a cornerstone to her portfolio.
The piece is inspired by Joseph’s Kosuth’s original “One and Three Chairs” piece (1965), a three-piece artwork posing a question of the true nature of objects. Like Kosuth, Zelinskie re-asks the question but with the eyes and mind of someone living in this millennium. “Which is the real chair? Is it the 3D printed object or the code?
Zelinskie addresses head-on the critics who question the value of digital art and technologies. Many of those who questioned the place of 3D printing as a medium are now questioning if NFTs hold any artistic merit. Questions like “Are NFTs art?”, “What are collectors actually buying?”
She addresses these questions in her newest iteration of One and One Chair stating it to be a natural progression of the work. By minting “One and One Chair” as an NFT she is restating Kosuth’s query of the true nature of objects and reminding audiences that these have been questions posed throughout art history.
One and One chair is now being sold as a “phygital”: a 3D sculpture (physical) and the NFT (digital). She is using the NFT, as a form of digital provenance linked to the physical sculpture. For years she has offered not only her sculptures to collectors but also the 3D models and computer code, stating that when you own a work you own all three. Now by linking these to the blockchain she can also offer the authenticity of these parts.
Excerpt of her interview with Artzealous