Jillian Mayer’s Slumpies are a series of sculptures that position themselves as utilitarian objects. Slumpies acknowledge our ever-increasing relationship with technological devices, relieving us of the need to support our own bodies while we interface with the digital world. They are a solution to an endemic problem of our contemporary moment—the type of issue that can arise only in the context of a technologically driven, luxury-saturated, consumer-oriented marketplace. Mayer’s awkwardly rendered Slumpies, with their bulky shape and strange palette speckled with glitter, suggest a lack of conscientious design—an ad hoc solution made from simple materials that stands in direct contradiction to the sleek forms and designs, and the marketing culture, that defines our intimate dependence on technology.

Slumpie Promo Video, 2014

Slumpie 7 - Arm Hole

75" x 46" x 38"

Slumpie 14 - Figure 8

48" x 29" x 48"

Slumpie 14 in use at Perez Art Museum, Miami

Slumpie 9 - Knee Hole

60" x 40" x 55"

Slumpie 9 in use at Social Structures, New York, NY

Slumpie 3 - Q Chair

52 x 35 x 37 inches

Slumpie 89 - Harp Mode

71 x 43 x 28 inches

Slumpie 32 - Privacy

28 x 58 x 42 inches

Slumpie 31 - Wet Bar Standing

49 x 28 x 28 inches