Straddling the line between design and sculpture in what ArtForm critic Jenifer Borum calls "a stubborn hybridity," Forrest Myer's array of wire and metal seats and surfaces (we dare not call them chairs and tables) are currently being exhibited at San Francisco's Hedge Gallery. The pieces by the forties-born California native range from meticulous yet seemingly spontaneous wire "wads" to Zaha-esque swooping ribbons of anodized colored metals ("250 mph," above). On view at Hedge until November 8th.
â€œIâ€™m a sculptor, and I use use furniture as a venue, as an idea, a jumping off place to make sculpture,â€ says Forrest Myers. The Not Furniture exhibition is a fascinating combination that teeters between furniture and sculptural objects, showcasing the inherent properties of the material and the artist's early Jazz and Calder influences.
For more than 40 years, Myers' metal work has been both playful exploration and a venue for art and design critique. His early influences--jazz and Calder's sculptures--are evident in the "organized chaos" of the wire "orbs" and more gestural pieces that resemble an artist's stroke in metal form.
No Evil Bench
The Not Furniture exhibition combines his newest body of work, inspired by landscapes elements of his Pennsylvania farm, alongside signature pieces from earlier in his career.
On display October 8-November 8, 2008 at Hedge in San Francisco. Hedge was founded in 2003, specializing in 20th and 21st century design in the realms of furniture, objects, and art.
Emily Pilloton is the founder of the nonprofit Project H Design. Since 2008, she has run Project H and worked with young people ages 9-18 to bring the power of design and building to schools and communities. Emily is trained as an architect with degrees from UC Berkeley and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but found that she is physically incapable of working in an office or for a boss and much prefers the creative chaos of a public school classroom filled with tools and welding equipment. Project H Design was born out of the hope that authentic, on-the-ground, face-to-face work with young people could transform what it means to be a design professional, what it means to learn in the 21st century, and what it means to get dirty and physically build solutions for your community.
Specifically, Emily launched 2 Project H programs: Studio H, an in-school design/build curriculum, and Camp H, an after-school and summer building camp for young girls ages 9-13. Exploring the intersection of science, art, math, and community development, Emily has led Project H youth in the design and construction of an award-winning 2,000-square-foot farmers market structure, chicken coops, playgrounds, their own school library, microhomes for the homeless, laser-etched skateboards, and welded steel public sculpture.
Emily believes that by giving youth, particularly girls and students of color, the skills to design and build their wildest ideas, we can support the next generation of creative, confident changemakers. Her ideas and work have made their way to the TED Stage, The Colbert Report, the New York Times, and more. Her work is the subject of the full-length documentary If You Build It. She is the author of two books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, and Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives with Design-Based Education. Emily is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Design at UC Davis.