The solo exhibition “On a Tipped Chair” marks the debut introduction of
Boechler’s olfactory body of work. It is the first time that both the included oil paintings
and their companion scents are being presented to the public as a collection.
Using traditional methods in contemporary context, “On a Tipped Chair” explores
the relationship of two dimensional art and scent influence on the individual. The work
within the exhibit confronts the exploration of mental illness and loneliness, emphasizing
the importance and perhaps even formative roles these experiences have in our lives.
Boechler's practice is heavily influenced by scent. “On a Tipped Chair”
encompasses Boechler's most recent body of work and pairs custom-designed scents
alongside the original oil paintings they inspired. The work is the result of an
experimental process that allowed the artist to be guided by scent exposure. The scents
within the exhibit represent direct experiences of the artist. They contain smells from
memories that have directly influenced the outcome of the individual works, ranging
from notes of lemongrass to black tar, providing insight into the most personal aspects
of Boechler’s practice.
The exhibit title “On a Tipped Chair” references the artist’s personal relationship
with anxiety and uses the experience of sitting on an unbalanced chair to draw an
unusual comparison between these states of unrest. The works within the exhibit
explore the process of living and creating on this precipice and present a question that
many artists find themselves having to consider on a daily basis: How do I maintain the
balance necessary to productively pursue a craft that is inherently free and unrestricted
The exhibit has been produced in collaboration with the House of Cherry Bomb
Perfumery, based out of Brooklyn, New York, who have exclusively crafted the custom
designed scents that accompany the works.