Drawing from the traditonal use of the term among craftspeople as a quantifiable measure for projects with uncertain outcomes, TIME and MATERIALS is a point of departure and a guiding principal for the works of art and design in this group exhibition.
Chicago furniture designer Bridgette Buckley departs from developing furniture and lighting for production in order to embrace craft and explore the relationships people establish with inanimate objects. Structures of fabric playing against wood are transformed and illuminated by the intimate contexts of people interacting with them.
Through painstaking effort and humble materials, artist James Jankowiak creates a site-specific installation, further delving into his fascination with mutation through repetition. This work, along with his paintings, questions the primacy of foreground to background, architecture to object, contrast to dissolution.
From the metal workshop and design studio adjoining the gallery, Manifold puts forth a new series of tables and a bench. The contrast between the crisp edges of steel, the soft textures of wood, and the delicacy of brass wire focuses attention on furniture as form beyond function.
Designer and fabricator, Kari Merkl of Merkled Studio, presents the latest iterations in her furniture line. These pieces strike a refined balance between technology and hand-craft with their inventive combinations of precision fabricated steel, leather, and hand-dyed felt.