Jennifer Elsner and David Shields have probably never spent more than $250 for a piece of art in their collection and yet they have quite a collection… with stories to tell. The couple have the design studio, Viewers Like You, and David is the Assistant Chair of Design at UT Austin and is also the primary researcher for the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection. The couple met and fell in love while getting their M.F.A. s from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
The couple’s collection has grown by getting pieces for free, trade, and gifts. The large print behind the sofa is by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Many of his installations invite the viewer to take a piece of the work with them which is how the couple ended up with this artists work. They picked a free poster from a stack of an unlimited edition and framed it. We should have all been so lucky to have been there for that freebie. Felix Gonzalez-Torres really believed in the democracy of art.
The two “Just Say No” posters above the console were acquired at a James Victore lecture when he was giving out free posters. They each took one then had them framed with one upside down. Brilliant!