Buster Simpson (MFA 1969)
Two chairs seek graceful migration to higher ground. One, from Robert Rauschenberg’s beach house, is perched atop a fifteen-person float adrift in the Gulf of Mexico (2016). The other, a ladder converted into a chair (gleaned from Garden Street Iron & Metal in 2014), is held aloft in suspension by a Florida Strangler fig tree (Ficus aurea). Rising Waters Confab II, Rauschenberg Residency 2016. Document of two installations, 2014-2016 ongoing, Captiva Island, FL.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.