Sunday, May 31, 2009

from projo.com article (Providence Journal)

My work was on Providence Journal. I just heard about it from my friend. RISD grad show runs until May 30th.


RISD graduate show embraces the new austerity

01:00 AM EDT on Thursday, May 21, 2009

By Bill Van Siclen

Journal Arts Writer





















The pieces in Yong Joo Kim's "Reconfiguring the Ordinary" collection are made from an unlikely mix of Velcro, zip ties and dried beans.

In these recessionary times, many Americans have found ways to make do with less. They spend more time at home, stretch their budgets by buying no-frills products and materials and express their inner handyman (or handywoman) by doing more of their own home repairs and improvements. Some intrepid types have even embraced newfangled concepts such as green design and sustainability.

Judging by this year's RISD graduate show -- or, as it's officially known, the Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition -- artists, too, are feeling the economic pinch. Indeed, the show, which runs through the end of the month at the Rhode Island Convention Center, brims with work that both embodies and comments on the new austerity. Artists, it seems, have discovered the joys of Recession Chic.

Need a new sofa? Check out Pete Oyler's c! omfy (if slightly bruised looking) loveseat made from layers of distressed cardboard. A chandelier? Try Mike Green's Strip Door Chandelier, a striking work that suggests a giant glow-in-the-dark jellyfish. (Actually, it's make from strips of plastic flooring material.) 


How about jewelry? The pieces in Yong Joo Kim's "Reconfiguring the Ordinary" collection are made from an unlikely mix of Velcro, zip ties and dried beans. (And, no, I'm not making that up.)
In fact, that wonderfully simple phrase -- reconfiguring the ordinary -- could serve as the show's unofficial title. Almost anywhere you look around the Convention Center's cavernous Hall A, you'll find artists and designers adjusting and adapting their work to reflect today's leaner times.

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