We’re used to seeing rooms from eye level, where we can see the details in the furniture. But Menno Aden’s photographs take us up the ladder, where we can see how the furniture jigsawed its way into place. A bit disorienting, Aden’s pieces feature places such as classrooms, shoe shops, and kitchens -- functional spaces where the layout is particularly important. At this angle, the rooms make a sort of sense that isn’t clear from the ground. They don’t just look like rooms; they look like compositions, arranged artfully and on purpose.
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Aden’s work highlights the work of less-accredited artists known as “interior designers” (you’ve heard of them, right?) But still -- the interior designer doesn’t get much attention for their artistic credo. To most, they’re furniture arrangers, experts of home design. We don’t put them in the same space as Picasso. But Aden’s work suggests we should. When you zoom out, the inside of a room looks a lot more artful. In fact, the home itself looks a lot more like art.