Material Culture: Contemporary American Design Curated by Edgar Harden
On View: June 29 - September 1, 2007
May 31, 2007, New York, NY Max Lang announces Material Culture: Contemporary American Design, an exhibition curated by Edgar Harden and featuring new works and installations by rising design stars from across the United States. Moving away from the style-driven approach championed by certain segments of the design world, this new generation of designers works across disciplines to create complex objects utilizing a broad range of materials, processes, and ready-made products. The result is objects that reflect the diversity of global culture, and the future of American design. Covering both floors of the gallery, the exhibition will showcase furniture, ceramics, multimedia textiles, glass and metal objects, electronics and prints. Revealing a rich and original use of materials in thought provoking combinations, the exhibited works variously incorporate metal, wood, plastic, glass and cloth, as well as a new vocabulary of forms that reflects the complexity of contemporary material culture. The pieces selected for Material Culture exemplify this new language. Alexander Rehs Fully Loaded Chair, for example, appears at first glance to be a fairly conventional side chair. Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that the seat itself is made from shotgun shells, a material selected for both its alluring aesthetic qualities and disturbing connotations. Material Culture: Contemporary American Design will also focus on the production processes employed by these rising designers, from handcraftsmanship to industrial and serial reproduction.
The exhibition will feature some of the most exciting young American designers working today, including Danny Alexander, Jeremy Alden, Emilie Baltz, Matthew Bradshaw, Blanc & Reed, Melissa Gamwell, Victoria Haroian, Nicholas Howey, Cal Lane, Pippo Lioni, Alexander Reh, John Scofield and Sergio Silva.
Max Lang is located at 229 10th Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets.