Design for Urban Living

Dans un intérieur


Posted on October 9th, by David Bjorngaard in Elements, Here/There, The Moment. No Comments

If I flew to Paris tomorrow I would visit my friends, eat at Saturne, and leisurely sit at a café with a glass of wine watching the world stroll by. Then I would go see the show Dans Un Intérieur: Meubles, œuvres murals & textiles d’artistes.

Installation view with pieces by John Currin and Chris Schnack.

Installation view with pieces by John Currin and Chris Schnack.

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Sarah Parke and Mark Barron, Untitled Screen (Blue to Green), 2014

Sarah Parke and Mark Barron, Untitled Screen (Blue to Green), 2014

Sarah Parke and Mark Barron, YMC4, 2014

Sarah Parke and Mark Barron, YMC4, 2014

The gallery show is poised at the edge of the traditional boundaries of art and craft, form and function. In the show, fine artists take up representational mediums traditionally reserved as craft. The results are beautifully detailed, original piece of furniture, sculpture, carpets and wall tapestries.

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Sarah Parke and Mark Barron, Untitled Screen (Black to White), 2014

Sarah Parke and Mark Barron, Untitled Screen (Black to White), 2014

Hand knotted silk rug, by Peter Peri, 2013.

Hand knotted silk rug, by Peter Peri, 2013.

The show posses interesting questions about the relationship of the high art and craft, and the sublimation of craft as a secondary art. I find it refreshing to see these boundaries pushed, and that the art world is embracing “craft”, at least in one gallery show. What I love about this work is that the presence of the artists “hand” is not eliminated, or sublimated to the piece: the slight imperfections (or not so subtle) which result from when a person, not a machine, makes things.

Pieced Japanese fabric, 1912.

Pieced Japanese fabric, 1912.

Love the indigo patchwork.

Love the indigo patchwork.

Copper Table, by Max Lamb, 2014.

Copper Table, by Max Lamb, 2014.

Bronze Shelf, 2014, by Max Lamb.

Bronze Shelf, 2014, by Max Lamb.

Handwoven tapestry by Brent Wadden, "Alignment 48", 2014.

Handwoven tapestry by Brent Wadden, “Alignment 48”, 2014.

"Alignment 49", 2014, by Brent Wadden.

“Alignment 49”, 2014, by Brent Wadden.

One table and two benches, by Matthias Bitzer, 2014.

One table and two benches, by Matthias Bitzer, 2014.

Lespace en Delire (Delirious Space), 2014, by Matthias Bitzer.

Lespace en Delire (Delirious Space), 2014, by Matthias Bitzer.

The discussion of how interiors can rise from craft to art awaits. I know it’s possible…I’ve seen it and done it. In the mean time, let’s celebrate art and craft, and towards making great strides towards making artful, moving intérieurs!

David Bjørngaard, October 2014





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