Artist Salon 6/19/09 at 2PM prior to 5PM Opening Reception for C O R R U G A T E D by Brian Gladwell | Purchase College's Artist In Residence
Photo by Paul D'Agostino, Console Table by Brian Gladwell 2009
Cardboard, dye, mahogany veneer 30" h x 55"w x 16 1/2"d
C O R R U G A T E D furniture by Brian Gladwell (School of Art+Design Artist-In-Residence Spring '09)
Opening Reception: Friday, June 19th, 5 - 7 pm
Salon: Friday, June 19th at 2pm (Join Brian and guests for an informal discussion of ideas triggered by this new work.)
On View: June 19th – July 24th, 2009 Gallery Hours: 10 – 5 pm, M-F (or by appointment)
Uncommonly Good Materials
Celebrating the opening of C O R R U G A T E D, an exhibition of recent furniture by resident artist Brian Gladwell in the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery at Purchase College, the public is invited to the first Windgate Artist-in-Residency Salon on Friday, June 19, 2009, at 2:00 pm. The Salon will be followed by the opening reception for C O R R U G A T E D at 5:00 pm. All of which was coordinated by Artist-In-Residence Director, Dennis Fitzgerald.
Studio furnituremakers, with their blend of technical savvy and imaginative reach, are uniquely placed to explore the promise of new or overlooked materials for use in furniture. Brian Gladwell’s arresting new work in cardboard proves the point. The elegant furniture made in cork by Dan Michalik sends the same message. And so do the powerful benches and tables Jim Zivic hews from hunks of anthracite coal. Makers like these draw on their special perspective to link unexpected industrial materials to our daily lives with beauty and purpose.
As environmental concerns bring new attention to common materials, the strategies and sensibilities specific to craft practices are resulting in sophisticated objects quite distinct from those produced by production designers, visual artists or DIYers. Studio furnituremakers, many trained in the use of wood, a material so thoroughly explored and so well understood, bring to their assessment of new materials extremely high standards in terms of the depth to which they ought to be explored and understood.
The Salon will be an opportunity for a small group of invited makers and thinkers to come together and share ideas around the opportunities presented by overlooked or underutilized materials. It will open with brief presentations by Gladwell, Michalik and Zivic on the motives and implications of their use of materials that they favor, followed by an open discussion centered on this and other materials in the context of furniture.
The Salon participants will include: