Friday, July 09, 2010


Industry Gallery will open "Getting to Now - Pathways to 21st Century Design", July 10, 2010, 6-8PM, with a dozen works by nine designers, including the Design Miami/Basel Designer of the Future Nacho Carbonell, and internationally renown designers Fernando and Humberto Campagna, Shiro Kurimata, Forrest Myers, Marc Newson, and Peter Traag.  The exhibition will also include work by Washington, DC-based Patrick McDonough, Joel D'Orazio and Tuesday Winslow.

"This exhibition highlights work by some of the designers who, I think, have substantively, innovatively and provocatively expanded the boundaries of international design," said Industry Gallery owner Craig Appelbaum.  "In a break with gallery tradition, I've decided to include some late 20th century work to provide visitors with a broader timeline and perspective on the 21st century works we're committed to exhibiting."

"Getting to Now - Pathways to 21st Century Design" includes work by:

 Nacho Carbonell, the Valencia-born, Eindhoven-based artist created a sensation in 2009 when he was named Design Miami/Basel Designer of the Future (and sold his entire collection to one prominent collector).  He is represented by two works from his "Skin" series first introduced in Milan.  Carbonell extrapolates from a basic desk and chair concept that he sheathes in elastic, skin-like latex that yield storing and hiding places suggestive of body cavities. (Designed and executed in 2009; prototype).

Fernando and Humberto Campagna, the Brazilian-born brothers are represented in significant public and private collections throughout the world. Their "Vermelha Chair" utilizes 500 meters of red cotton rope, seemingly looped and woven together in a chaotic pattern, which is laid over a steel armature.  (Designed in 1993)

Shiro Kurimata, a Japanese designer, upended and revolutionized the idea of modular furniture with his red, twenty drawer "Revolving Cabinet" made from polished metacrylate.  (Designed in 1970 and executed 2003).

Forrest Myers, a California-born sculptor, has been using traditional furniture as a launching off point for his sculptural works for several decades.  His airy solid "Red Cube" is formed from overlapping loops of anodized aluminum.  (Designed and executed in 2007; this work is unique).

Marc Newson, a London-based Australian, who is considered one of the world's most influential industrial designers, has works in major public institutions and private collections.  His "Wicker Chair" is a classic example of his simultaneously streamlined and exaggerated approach to volume and form, here clad in traditional wicker.  (Designed and executed in 1988).

Peter Traag's "Sponge Chair" looks like it might have been inspired by a wrinkly-skinned Shar-Pei.  Traag, originally from Tegelen, the Netherlands, creates the chair by molding excessive amounts of fabric over injected polyurethane - the result is no two look exactly alike.  (Designed and executed in 2004).

Three Washington, DC-area artists will participate:
·     Patrick McDonough, selected as one of "Ten Young Artists to Watch" by DC Magazine (December 2009) will debut a swing fabricated from a rubber tire that toys with both functional and sculptural expression;
·     Joel D'Orazio gives classic, Modernist chairs a new look by wrapping, mummifying and corrupting the chair frames with cable and rubber tubing;
·     Tuesday Winslow, a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, will exhibit her mirror designs sculpted from recycled paper and paper-mache. 

Industry Gallery (, 358 Florida Ave., NE, 2d Floor, Washington DC 20002,  (202) 399 1730

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