Monday, June 13, 2011

Lyster's SYSTEMscapes, School of Art Institute's annual show (reception tonight) - new exhibitions for June

New exhibitions for June:

The Design Show - there's an opening reception today, June 13th, from 6:00 to 8:00 for a series of exhibitions sponsored by the School of the Art Institute.  (More information here.)

Where is Where - showcases design from the SAIC's Departments of Architecture, Interior, and Designed Objects (AIADO) and Fashion, featuring work from 50 graduate students.
The works explore the unseen aspects of our society—many of which have been forgotten or overlooked—by reinhabiting space, challenging perceptions of interiority, and redefining values.
It's in the Sullivan Galleries in the former Carson Pirie Scott Building, 33 North State, 7th floor, and runs through June 25th.

Loaded -  also on view currently at the Sullivan Galleries features the work of fifteen emerging designs that was recently on display at Milan's Salone Internazionale del Mobile.
The provocative objects presented in Loaded explore the history, physicality, and currency of two catalytic materials: iron and sugar. In addition to the 13 unique objects (lighting, tableware, and jewelry) created for the exhibit, two of the projects—one in sugar, the other in iron—have been produced in multiples specifically for the show. Elements of the exhibition design also engage in this investigation, resulting in custom cast-iron display fixtures and sculptural sugar props.
And if that's not enough, the Sullivan Galleries will also be displaying the work of finalists of Delta Faucet's  second-annual Designers of Tomorrow Contest, in which students " were challenged with finding inspiration in Delta’s unique and innovative products — such as the In2ition shower  —  to create an original design that utilizes Delta products in a home environment other than a bath or kitchen."

Clare Lyster: SYSTEMscapes/Drawing Distribution Flow
  - opened last Friday, June 10th, at showPODS, in the 1800 block of south Halsted in the Chicago Arts District, where it's on view 24/7 through July 31st.    It's described as an exhibition . . .
of large-format maps of post-Fordist delivery systems, including Netflix, Facebook, Fed Ex,, Ryan Air and U-Tube.  The maps address the fluidity of our culture by indexing the geo-spatial effects of the time-space networks that infiltrate our daily lives. They uncover new opportunities for architectural design in an age in which space is increasingly mediated by infrastructural systems and communication networks. The maps are conceived by Clare Lyster as part of her ongoing research on architecture’s fall-out with emerging logistical networks, what Manuel Castells calls “the space of flows”. 
More information here.

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