Last week, I went to check out an exhibition called Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, and you can read about it here. On the lower floors, they had an exhibition called RE: COLLECTION. It is an exhibition that celebrates the fifth anniversary of their move to the Columbus Circle. The exhibit showcases objects acquired during their Chief Curator Emeritus David McFadden’s tenure at the museum. I’d like to share a few pieces that I especially liked.
Fruit warping tissue paper, wire, sewn
This necklace was made from hundreds of orange wrapping tissue paper in South Africa. The artist, Verena Sieber-Fuchs, specializes in working with unconventional found materials, and she repurposes and transforms them into visual statements. Beyond its uniqueness, this Apart-heid necklace is a commentary on a horrible torture practice called necklacing, which originated in South Africa in the mid 1980’s.
Untitled, Richard Pryor, 2011
Retail tag fasteners, canvas
Pavlisko used tens of thousands of plastic retail tag fasteners and made a portrait of comedian and social critic, Richard Pryor. His intention was to create an image to conceptually speak about consumption.
Portrait of a Textile Worker, 2005
Similarly, this piece at first glance looks like a painting, but it’s composed from a massive amount of designer clothing labels. This is an image of an anonymous tactile worker in a Bangladesh factory. To me, the hidden story was beautifully told visually.
This piece was entirely made out of lost gloves that Villinski found on the street of NYC. I just loved imagining what kind of person each glove belonged to and their stories. Once lost and now found, these gloves collectively form a beautiful image of wings lifting a chair. I found this piece incredibly whimsical and hopeful, it was definitely one of my favorite pieces in the collection.
Chair of Textures (Version 1), 2005-6
I’ve always been a fan of work by Tjep, so was very thrilled to find this chair here. A part of me felt like a groupie, starstruck to be finally in front of the real deal in person. And the real deal did not disappoint, I could stare at it all day. Made from sheets of steel, using a laser cutting machine, this piece was transformed into a large-scale piece of fine jewelry from a functional chair. Maybe one day, my hubs and I will fill our modest Manhattan apartment with these beautiful pieces of jewelry/furniture. A girl can keep dreaming, right? (Even with a pitbull and a cat running around.)
Bones, animal skulls, bison teeth, antlers and snake ribs were made into bouquet of flowers and foliage to adorn the recycled 19th century Italian wood frame.
Neck Ornament, 1998
Photographic film, monofilament
I really enjoyed spending my early evening at MAD after work (they’re open until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays). Visiting museums and galleries not only always reminds me of what a great cultural and diverse city I live in, but also transforms me out of my head-space filled with to-dos and stress of daily life into a wonderful world of imagination and storytelling.
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
April 1 to September 7, 2014