This is gonna be short and I’m probably gonna catch hell for it, but here goes.
I’ve heard people say things like, “If it has a purpose then its not art” or “Art has no function.” So when a design shop is claiming to have an art exhibit, I am doubtful. Still, I head over to Second Street to Design Within Reach. I check out their wares before asking where the show is located. The products look like Contemporary Design, which to me, looks like and equals Modern Art. In other words, they look like art from the first half of the 20th century. I go over to the show.
I take a quick survey of the space as I enter the gallery and nothing jumps out at me as art. I do see alot of furniture. I go and inspect each piece. There was alot of real nice design going on. Of the twenty or so artists/ artisans, I found four that I thought transcended functionality and entered the realm of art. Heather Johnson with “Empty Table and Chairs in the Desert” and Jennifer Prichard with “Froltage” both have sculptural installations, then Joseph Zambarano had a video, “Balancing Act”, of a guy sitting on a chair while he trys to balance it on one leg, and William Twitchel had a piece called “Flau-bert”. I want to say Mr. Twitchel had a rug comprised of stuffed animals stitched together, but I could be wrong. That’s what happens when you wait over a month to write about a show.
As a design show, this exhibit was GOOD. But I was under the impression that it was an art show. It was BAD. There was definitely a miscommunication. Everyone seems to use the term art to describe their activities. I for one find vast differences between craft, design, illustration, commercial, academic and fine art. They are as distinctive as movies, films, documentaries, made-for-tv-movies and videos are. But I’m not a complete jerk, so overall, the show was NOT BAD.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.