Cast Off Couches: The Art of Rose-Lyn Fisher

Cast Off Couches: The Art of Rose-Lyn Fisher

Abby Stone
Apr 16, 2012

I don't know about other cities, but if you're a furniture finder who lives in LA you know that Thursday is the day when the big items get set out on the curb for bulky item pick up on Friday. Ten years ago, photographer Rose-Lyn Fisher was out walking her dog in her Hollywood neighborhood, when she stumbled across a curious grouping on the street.

Home Office -- a matching couch and chair clustered around an end table -- struck her as oddly incongruent and funny and she whipped out her brand-new purchase, her first digital camera, and snapped a picture. Subsequent walks around the neighborhood, both with and without the dog, yielded a bountiful garden of discarded furniture. Her neighborhood seemed to be particularly pregnant with abandoned sofas. A decade later, the photos chronicle a neighborhood in transition. As Fisher puts it, Hollywood may be the land of the casting couch but in her neighborhood, it's more like the cast-out couch. Seen in that light, they're particularly poignant: remmnants of once bright dreams of making it big abandoned, once innocent hopes of stardom dashed, the reality of the dark, cold heart that lies beneath the dazzle of the movie business.

Shown above:
• Home Office
• Tenacity
• Almost Recovered
• After A Rest
• Living The Dream
• Out of Space
• Loveseat

For more about the couch project, click here. For more about the Bee project, her photos of bees captured through an electron microscope, click BEE, Rose-Lyn Fisher's here.

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(Images: Rose-Lyn Fisher)

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