Michael Beitz got a Masters degree in Fine Art from the University of Buffalo in 2009. The sculptural work of the artist, while undoubtedly humorous and playful, also addresses the complexity of human relationships, and the psychological impact of our experience with everyday objects. In his construction of distorted domestic objects such as folded tables and knotted sofas, Beitz ultimately subverts each piece’s functionality. What is more, by looking at the cultural significance of household furniture, the artist limits each item’s ability to serve as a site of social interaction, instead turning familiar objects into spaces of alienation and solace. His work has been shown extensively around the US but also in outstanding shows such as Dismaland, curated by Banksy.