Elasticbrand launches Audiowear project on Kickstarter, which will come to the Museum of Arts & Design in September – New York City

June 22nd, 2011 by

June 22, 2011

26 days to go to reach $4,000 goal for Elasticbrand’s Audiowear project on Kickstarter.

In 2010, Elasticbrand (Arjen Noordeman and Christie Wright) wanted to create a collaborative project where they could take two things that they both love-ceramic objects and hip-hop music- and fuse them into one project: Audiowear.

Audiowear is a series of musical jewelry inspired by idiophone and aerophone instruments and the acoustic quality of clay. The collection includes a trumpet bracelet, a guiro cuff with playing thimble, a whistle charm necklace, a pan-flute collar, a diamond shaped rattle bracelet, and colorful xylophone bangles. These objects were designed to create a vocabulary of sounds that could then be used for music production.

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Various Dutch jewelry designers in exhibition A Bit of Clay on the Skin at Museum of Arts and Design – New York City

March 15th, 2011 by

Peter Hoogeboom, Spanish Collar, 1995, From the series ‘Handle with Care’, photo: Henni Van Beek

March 15 – September 4, 2011

A Bit of Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewelry explores the manifold appeal of ceramics, especially porcelain, in jewelry. Organized by the Fondation d’Entreprise Bernardaud and curated by the renowned German-born goldsmith and jewelry artist Monika Brugger, the exhibition showcases the versatility and allure of the medium, which can be modeled or cast, used alone or with metal, wood, and stone, and vary in color and texture. Best known as the stuff of the luxurious and the mundane, of fine tableware and technical equipment, when used in jewelry, porcelain sparks the visual and physical sensations to become an object of desire.

Evert Nijland, Rococo, 2009, photo: Heddo Hartmann

The exhibition showcases the scope and ingenuity of the more than one hundred works on view and features the work of 18 cutting-edge jewelry artists, including creations by such notables as Peter Hoogeboom, Evert Nijland, Ted Noten (The Netherlands), Gésine Hackenberg (Germany), Marie Pendariès (Spain), and Shu-Lin Wu (Taiwan). While some make reference to traditional jewelry in materials and symbolism, others altogether redefine it in substance, form, and matter.

Katja Prins, Inventarium, 2002, photo: Eddo Hartma, Tiina Rajakallio

Other Dutch artists, and artists living and working in the Netherlands include Willemijn de Greef, Rian de Jong, Manon van Kouswijk, Katja Prins, and Terhi Tolvanen.

Terhi Tolvanen, Zig Zag, 2007, From the series ‘Woodland’, photo: Francis Willemstijn

“Even though the Egyptians produced seal rings in faience, and the Greeks and Romans gilded terracotta to imitate gold, the use of ceramics in the fabrication of jewelry was abandoned centuries ago,” says curator Monika Brugger. “Today many artists, like those assembled in this show, are popularizing porcelain as a compelling material for jewelry.”

Willemijn de Greef, Spakenburg, 2009, from the series ‘Zuiderzeewerken’, photo: Frans Kup

“Ceramic jewelry embodies the creative transformation of a humble Earth material by art and industry into a wearable object of great refinement and sensuality,” notes MAD’s Jewelry Curator Ursula Ilse-Neuman. “Exploring new currents in art jewelry is a vital part of the Museum’s mission,” she continues. “We are delighted to present these visually and intellectually engaging works to a New York audience.”

Manon Van Kouswijk, Pearl Grey, 2009, photo: Uta Eiesnreich

The Fondation d’Entreprise Bernardaud
Established in 2003 by Michel Bernardaud, the family-run company’s Chairman and CEO, the mission of the Fondation d’Entreprise Bernardaud is to promote a deeper public awareness of porcelain’s fascinating history and extraordinary qualities. The Fondation, located in Limoges, France, welcomes an international array of artists and designers who are invited to invent unexpected usages for porcelain. Through these innovative and technically challenging projects, the Fondation aims to give new value to a craft that favors the “wisdom of the hand.”

Rian de Jong, Untitled, 2007, photo: Rian de Jong

A family owned-and-operated company founded in 1863, Bernardaud is the premier manufacturer of Limoges porcelain. Deeply rooted in the history and activity of that region, the company is highly regarded for its artistic, technical and innovative prowess. Among French luxury brands it is a considered a trendsetter for objects that are characterized by original forms and stunning decorative embellishments, while globally the company is renowned for its commitment to the French traditions of impeccable craftsmanship, refinement, and creativity in the fabrication of porcelain objects. The vast range of its collections–tableware, jewelry and decorative interior objects—elegantly fuses design, art, and lifestyle.

Ted Noten, Wearable Gold 2, 2000, photo: Atelier Ted Noten

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Alissia Melka-Teichroew in panel discussion at Museum of Arts and Design – New York City

February 17th, 2011 by

Image courtesy Alissia Melka-Teichroew

February 17, 2011, 7pm

How do new designers overcome the odds, break into the industry, and stay there? How do they find studio space, someone local to produce their work, get noticed, and stay productive year after year? Journalist and author Jen Renzi will pen a series of columns for Fast Company’s design blog, Co.Design, profiling her heroes of American furniture design. Key talents from her coverage, including Alissia Melka-Teichroew, Jonah Takagi, and BDDW’s Tyler Hays, will join Renzi at MAD for a candid discussion of their success, half-starts, and even their poetic failures and how others might learn from those experiences.

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Li Edelkoort trend forecasting presentations at The New School, Museum of Arts and Design, and the Nyuorican Poet Cafe – New York City

December 8th, 2010 by

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December 8, 2010

A day of events with Li Edelkoort, presenting trends on fashion, design and … sex!

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FASHION MORNING at The New School: Trend Union Spring/Summer 2012 fashion, Bloom & natural dyes, with special guest agro-engineer and natural dye expert Anne de la Sayette.

Earth Matters: Trend Union Fall/Winter 2011-12 colors, materials, patterns, silhouettes and styles audiovisual presented by Li Edelkoort.

Natural Dyes: Agro-engineer Anne de la Sayette, director of CRITT Horticole and partner with La Couleur Des Plantes presents “The art of Vegetal Dyes – Progress & Innovations”


New Bloom #20 Tinctorial audiovisual: Exploring the magical world of natural pigments for dyeing purposes in the textile, beauty, design industries and more…

The New School
Tishman Auditorium

66 West 12th Street

New York, NY

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DESIGN AFTERNOON at The Museum of Arts and Design: Trend Union Landscaping Interiors & Design with special guest designer and artist Paula Hayes.

Landscaping Interiors: Trend Union 2012 colors, materials and shapes for interior & design audiovisual presented by Li Edelkoort.

Current projects of Paula Hayes: by designer, artist and inventor Paula Hayes, owner of Wild Friends Inc. “Paula Hayes, the artist and gardener who creates fantastical environments like hand-blown terrariums, blobby silicone planters and overwordly crystal-strewn landscapes for art world heavies, is now making objects for the rest of us…” The New York Times, May 13, 2010

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle

New York, NY

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SEX EVENING at The Nyuorican Poet Cafe East Village: Trend Union Bordello of The 21st Century followed by an exclusive dance performance by the Vangeline Theater

The Bordello of the 21st Century: mood, beauty & fashion trends in sex for 2012 and beyond presented by Li Edelkoort.

The Pressure of Sex on Teens in Modern Day Society” includes a short “ask Dr. Ruth” Q/A session.

OFF Dance Performance – Costumes and Exclusive Choreography by Vangeline Theater. “An avant-garde dance performance to offer a contemporary approach to eroticism, sexuality and fantasy.” Vangeline Theater is a dance company firmly rooted in the tradition of Japanese Butoh while carrying it into the 21st century. Artistic Director Vangeline proudly performed Burlesque in New york for 10 years before exploring the mysteries of Butoh.

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Marianne van Ooij is artist-in-residence at the Museum of Arts and Design Open Studios Program – New York City

December 7th, 2010 by

Marianne van Ooij, Dressed for Dinner, 2010, courtesy the designer

December 7, 2010 – February 22, 2011

The Museum of Arts and Design has invited Marianne van Ooij for a residency in the Open Studios Program. She will be working there on dinnerware and digitally printed textiles, every Tuesday until the end of February 2011.

The Open Studios Program intends to give visitors a chance to get a behind-the-scenes view of the artistic practice, as well a to provide artists with a state of the art studio where they will be actively working. You can follow the Open Studios activities on the museum’s blog.

About Marianne van Ooij
Dutch designer Marianne van Ooij decided that an unpronounceable last name would not keep her from moving to New York. After Marianne started her design career at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in The Netherlands, she left for Brooklyn to finish her master’s degree in Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. She already held a master’s degree in organizational psychology.

Marianne van Ooij, Carton Pillows, 2010, courtesy the designer

Since she can remember she has been interested in product design, but decided to study something ‘useful’ first. In the back of her head she cherished the idea that if she would win the lottery she would go to art school. After working for ten years in strategic positions, that lottery money never came in, but Marianne went to study design after all. It was an eye-opener.

With a lighthearted approach toward designing products, Marianne likes her work to tell a story. Her products often comment on their own function, their use or our common perception about the items. Her work is characterized by a whimsical tone and is regularly referred to as ‘simple things with a twist’.

Marianne lives in Brooklyn and works in a variety of disciplines, including textiles, furniture and ceramics. Her clients include The Metropolitan Opera. An overview of her work can be found at her website. During her residency at the Open Studios, Marianne will be working on 3D and textile table top design. And as for the name, Ooij is pronounced as Oy…

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Dutch jewelry in LOOT exhibition and sale at Museum of Arts and Design – New York City

October 20th, 2010 by

Truike Verdegaal, image courtesy the artist

October 20-26, 2010

LOOT is MAD’s biennial juried exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary art jewelry, created by acclaimed American and international artists. This year’s event – the first LOOT in the new 2 Columbus Circle Galleries — will be held October 20th- 26th. It will open with a Gala evening preview on Wednesday, October 20th to benefit the Museum’s exhibition and education programs.

Mieke Groot, Pearl, 2010, courtesy the artist

A full weekend of programs will accompany the exhibition and sale in the second floor design galleries including curatorial lectures, panel discussions with experts and designers, artists’ talks and workshop demonstrations in the MAD artists’ studios. Special family focused hands-on workshops will be held on the weekend.

Paul Beelen, image courtesy the artist

For further information please contact Rebekka Grossman at 212.299.7712 or rebekka.grossman@madmuseum.org.

Susanne Klemm, image courtesy the artist

The exhibition and sale continue from Thursday, October 21 to Tuesday, October 26 during regular museum hours. LOOT will also be open on Monday, October 25 from 11am – 6pm.

Tjep (Frank Tjepkema), image courtesy the artist

The Artists
Over 60 artists, representing some fifteen different countries, have agreed to participate in LOOT. Over 2,000 pieces will be on view and for sale during the run of the exhibition. A special focus of LOOT 2010 will be the work of thirteen Dutch artists including Beppe Kessler, Iris Nieuwenburg, and Truike Verdegaal. Many participating Dutch artists will be in attendance.

Francis Willemstijn, image courtesy the artist

Representing a diverse group of established and emerging artists, Dutch jewelers present new forms of jewelry that are independent of traditional concepts of jewelry. While maintaining the country’s deserved reputation for outstanding mastery of technique and materials, the artists continue to experiment in creative and spirited designs using innovative materials. Neckpieces, brooches, bracelets, earrings and rings will intrigue and dazzle collectors through imaginative designs that at once acknowledge the past but express the best in contemporary conceptual and technical concerns.

Henk Wolvers, image courtesy the artist

Artists from across the US, Europe, and Asia will display and sell their unique pieces during LOOT including Anastasia Azure, Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson, Pat Flynn, John Iversen, Jocelyn Kolb, Yong Joo Kim, Verma Nequatewa, Joyce Scott, Jennifer Trask, Giorgio Vigna, and Kiwon Wang. Pieces range in price from $300 to $30,000 with an average price of $2,500-$3,000. Traditional materials such as platinum, gold, silver and diamonds and gem stones will be used, as well as experimental ones such as rubber, glass, steel, plastics, lucite, and semi-precious stones, often within a single design.

Iris Nieuwenburg, image courtesy the artist

Artist Contributors

Artists from the Netherlands: Paul Beelen, Mieke Groot, Beppe Kessler, Susanne Klemm, Birgit Laken, Jet Mous, Iris Nieuwenburg, Evert Nijland, Tjep (Frank Tjepkema), Mecky van den Brink, Truike Verdegaal, Francis Willemstijn, Henk Wolvers.

Jet Mous, image courtesy the artist

Native American Artists: Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson, Richard and Jared Chavez, The Tsosie Gaussoin Family, Darrell Jumbo, Verma Nequatewa, Pat Pruitt, Maria Samora, Cody Sanderson, Robin Waynee

Mecky van den Brink, image courtesy the artist

Participating Artists: Anastasia Azure, Masako Ban, Chus Burés, Hee Bang Chang, Betty Cooke, Nirit Dekel, Yaron Elyasi, Sandra Enterline, Virginia Estrada, Pat Flynn, Maria Rosa Franzin, Suzanne Golden, Gabrielle Gould, Liz Hamman, William Harper, Ji-Hee Hong, Aki Ichiriki, Hildegund Ilkerl, courtesy of Mostly Glass, John Iversen, Svenja John, Yong Joo Kim, Jocelyn Kolb, Shana Kroiz, Gabriele Malek, courtesy of Mostly Glass, Mallory May, Bruce Metcalf, courtesy of Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Giuliana Michelotti, Robert Lee Morris, Monica Nesseler, Harold O’Connor, Barbara Packer, Joan Parcher, Renzo Pasquale, Kim Rawdin, Ruth Reifen, Kait Rhoads, Erica Rosenfeld, Lauren S. Schott, Joyce J. Scott, Jennifer Trask, Giorgio Vigna, Takashi Wada, Kiwon Wang, Sissi Westerberg, Jung-Gyu Yi, Sayumi Yokouchi.

Beppe Kessler, image courtesy the artist

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Birgit Laken, image courtesy the artist

Evert Nijland, image courtesy the artist

Mieke Groot, Charm, 2010, courtesy the artist

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Dead or Alive group exhibition at Museum of Arts & Design – New York City

April 27th, 2010 by

Levi van Veluw

April 27 – October 24, 2010

Dead or Alive
, presented by the Museum of Arts and Design from April 27 through October 24, 2010, will showcase the work of over 30 international artists (including Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn,
Ralph Nauta, Tanja Smeets, and Levi van Veluw) who transform organic materials and objects that were once produced by or part of living organisms-insects, feathers, bones, silkworm cocoons, plant materials, and hair-to create intricately crafted and designed installations and sculptures.

The exhibition explores a territory related to MAD’s Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, which featured contemporary works created from multiples of ordinary manufactured items. In Dead or Alive, the materials transformed by the artists are entirely natural. Once-living parts of flora and fauna are recombined and rearranged into works of art that address the transience of life, and all that is elegant and alarming about the natural world.

Lonneke Grodijn and Ralph Nauta

Dead or Alive features new site-specific installations and recent work by contemporary artists from around the world, including Jennifer Angus, Nick Cave, Tessa Farmer, Tim Hawkinson, Jochem Hendricks, Damien Hirst, Alastair Mackie, Kate MccGwire, Susie MacMurray, Shen Shaomin, and Levi van Veluw among others. A special weeklong visitor preview starting Thursday, April 22, will allow MAD visitors to observe artists as they create and install site- specific works in the museum galleries.

Tanja Smeets

New commissions include works by Costa Rican artist Lucia Madriz, who will create a massive, politically charged floor installation made from black beans and rice; German artist Christiane Löhr, who fabricates fragile nests of thistle and dandelion silk suspended in the air; American artist Jennifer Angus, known for her architectural interiors covered with thousands of dried insects that are pinned to mimic vintage wallpaper; and Kate MccGwire who will create a large cascade of 1000s of pigeon feathers emanating from one of MAD’s signature glass bands that cut across the gallery ceilings. Chinese artist Shen Shaomin has created an imaginary animal skeleton made from pulverized bones; and internationally renowned installation artist Xu Bing will make a shadow version of a 24-foot Song Dynasty painting using only vegetable detritus, weeds, leaves, and roots.

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Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Arts and Design – New York City

October 7th, 2009 by

Dylan Graham, courtesy the artist

Studio Libertiny, courtesy the artist

October 7, 2009 – April 4, 2010

Slash: Paper Under the Knife takes the pulse of the international art world’s renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms. Slash is the third exhibition in MAD’s Materials and Process series, which examines the renaissance of traditional handcraft materials and techniques in contemporary art and design. The exhibition surveys unusual paper treatments, including works that are burned, torn, cut by lasers, and shredded. A section of the exhibition will focus on artists who modify books to transform them into sculpture, while another will highlight the use of cut paper for film and video animations. It includes work by a.o. Celio Braga, Dylan Graham, Studio Libertiny, and Ferry Staverman.

Selected artists have been commissioned to create site-specific or site-referential works, and others will be invited to create work onsite in MAD’s three artist studios that will subsequently be installed in the exhibition.

Celio Braga, courtesy the artist

A special weeklong Visitor Preview of Slash, starting October 7, will invite museum visitors to watch the creative process as six Slash artists install their site-specific installations during regular museum hours. Celio Braga, Mark Fox, Andreas Kocks, Tomas Rivas, Jane South, and Michael Velliquette will install and assemble their new commissions in the Museum’s 4th and 5th floor galleries. Andrea Mastrovito will hang his massive paper installation, depicting a storm seizing Christopher Columbus’s ship, from the ceiling of MAD’s lobby, visible to all visitors passing through the Museum and from the street.

Ferry Klaverman, courtesy the artist

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated, full-color catalog published by MAD that includes an essay by chief curator David McFadden; illustrations of works by each artist, along with biographical essays; and an index.

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