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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Taking the "Funk" out of Function

On Thursday, I attended the opening of a new show at the Museum of Design Atlanta entitled DESIGN (Isn't Equal To, Greater Than, Less Than) ART, which was put together and initially shown at the Cooper-Hewitt museum. The show was a collection of (more or less) functional design work by major (read-"not designers") artists. The pieces ranged from Donald Judd's unassuming minimal furniture to more fanciful work, such as John Chamberlain's Parachute Couch, which was made of foam rubber, and covered by a parachute. My personal favorites were an area rug cribbed from the cover of "Lolita", and ceramic pieces drawn from Artes Magnus editions by John Chamberlain and Dan Flavin. Artes Magnus has been producing artist-designed tableware since 1989, and has produced work by a wide variety of artists, including Cindy Sherman, Komar and Melamid, and Jean Tinguely. The John Chamberlain pieces (pictured above) consist of a set of 6 dishes and one serving bowl is cast in molds made from truck gears and oil pans. The pure white porcelain is over glazed with platinum, gold and copper on the rims recalling the timing marks that mechanics use.


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