Industry Gallery in Washington DC is the only gallery dedicated to 21st-century design in the US, and they've got a new show up right now that's of some interest. Getting to Now: Pathways to 21st Century Design is on through August 21st, and what intrigued me was no so much the roster of splashy designers it shows off (the Campana Brothers and Marc Newsom, for example) but a trio of DC-area designers and artists holding court with the big guns. Have a look to see what the mid-Atlantic is contributing to the national design conversation through the work of Joel D'Orazio, Tuesday Winslow, and Patrick McDonough.
Artist Patrick McDonough's work, entitled 100907 Tire Swing is just that. Here's the Washington-based artist's statement: At first glance, it's just a tire swing, but outfitted with motorboat cup holders and customized with black enamel, it's an interactive work that appeals to an uncommonly wide range of ages, classes and behaviors. Responsible adults are encourage to act like kids and reminded of daytime drinking and nostalgic innocence, while free spirited children see a familiar play thing and for once art that's not just for grown ups.
Tuesday Winslow designs mirrors using recycled paper and papier mache. This sunburst design, called Petals, is made of the Yellow Pages.
Collage People is made from scraps cut from wildlife magazines, and is another of Tuesday Winslow's designs.
A detail shot of Collage People reveals the layers and complexity of the papier mache.
Wings is another design by Tuesday Winslow that makes use of the Yellow Pages in a mirror frame.
Joel D'Orazio's design work, such as his Sculptura Blow Chair, fusses and plays with recognizable modern design. Here an outdoor chair takes on the feel of a sea anemone, waving in any passing breeze.
Again D'Orazio plays with iconic modern design:
The HM Ghost Dread Chair plays with the idea of motion versus the stationary object. I use white cable to partially envelop an Eames chair while letting its expressive legs remind us of its origin.
Here's what D'Orazio has to say about his Dive Club Chair:
The Diva Club Chair was a discarded and spindly garden chair. My instinct was to keep its original shape; but wrap it in a taut, expressive and textured skin of nylon rope and create a new volumetric piece.
A higher profile designer, the Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell's Skin series is also on display at Industry Gallery.
Here's another instance of the Skin series by Nacho Carbonell. The spindly legs and handmade lines make for a rather insect effect.