Urban Bungalow


October 31 - December 20, 2014

Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Friday, November 7, 7-9pm
Curator & Artists' Talk Saturday, November 22, 3:30pm

This November, Decorative Arts curator and recognized fiber artist, Jennifer Lindsay, invites emerging and established local artists to envision the gallery as a home (and as a work of art). Taking inspiration from a continuum of modern movements in art and architecture, Lindsay revives the spirit of early twentieth-century artists, architects, and designers who believed that the artful home – a balancing of aesthetics, function, and social purpose – could transform the individual, the community, and ultimately, the city itself. 

Urban Bungalow features new work, one-of-a-kind objects, site-specific installations, and limited productions by Shawn Arlauckas, Joseph Corcoran, Art Drauglis, Yoshi Fujii, Sylvia Gottwald, Matthew Hyleck, Gretchen Klimoski, David Knopp, Tamara Laird, Laurel Lukaszewski, Peter Malinoski, Yoko Sekino-Bovè, Vicco von Voss, and Caleb Woodard.  Furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, electric guitars, and skateboards handmade for the twenty-first century showcase diverse and individual approaches to working with both traditional and new materials.

In line with the art historical concept of a “total work of art,,” Lindsay thoughtfully selects works that seamlessly relate to, and engage viewers with the gallery’s contemporary architectural and design details.  The collection intermixes lively, organic forms, with natural and richly decorative surfaces to echo the space’s biomorphic ceiling ‘clouds,’ undulating, mirrored mosaic, and cascades of handmade paper cranes.  Elemental form language, freshly imagined and interpreted for our time by a new generation of artists, recalls the more radical movements in art and architecture – Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Expressionism, Surrealism – and references the durable influence of global cultures and traditions that continue to shape American modernism and contemporary art and craft today.

Above all, the works in Urban Bungalow are extensions of the taste, skill, personality, aesthetic interests, questions and problems, and the humor and insight of the artists who make them. They work with various natural materials – reclaimed, repurposed and selected out of concern for the environment or for their historical or cultural significance. The artists use new or compound materials for their tensile strength and sculptural properties. Whether with wood grain, hot glass, wet clay, or even hand-built electronics layered to produce a custom sound, these artists work at the very limits of what is possible to achieve a synergy of form, function, and expressive power in each object on view.

Urban Bungalow challenges our assumptions about the art we use and live with and where and how it is made. It initiates us into the privilege of experiencing exceptional objects created by local artists whom we can also come to know.  The art and functional objects – sensuous, sculptural, tactile, imaginative – are pleasurable to have, hold, use, and pass on to future generations; they promise to alter our quotidian routines into rituals we anticipate and savor, and to connect us to the continuum of human creativity.

“It is not in the monumental buildings, but in the home, in the living and working place, and in [our] contact with even the smallest objects [we] use and with which [we] live, that a valid art form is created.” − Eliel Saarinen, Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1932

Urban Bungalow will be open from October 31 - December 20, 2014. There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, November 7th, 7-9pm, as well as the Curator and Artists' Talk & Holiday Gift Sale on Saturday, November 22 at 3:30pm.

Urban Bungalow will also feature two hands-on fiber workshops, open to all levels, led by the show's curator and recognized fiber artist, Jennifer Lindsay.

Introduction to Sashiko Embroidery: Embellish It! -- Put New Life Into Old Clothes

Saturday, December 6, 11am-3pm.

Try out this relaxing and meditative form of embroidery in a beginner workshop. Sashiko, which originated in Japan for patching, mending and re-purposing old garments and household textiles, has become a decorative art form in its own right, and is experiencing a huge revival in fashion and home decor. Use stencils and traditional Sashiko threads to make an old garment look exciting and wearable again. Bring your own garment, all other materials will be provided. Registration is required to attend this workshop (Material Fee: $25).

Introduction to Hand Spinning: Spin It! -- Make Your Own Yarn

Wednesday, December 10 from 6-7:30pm

Get in on the newest DIY trend - make your own drop spindle and learn how to hand spin your own yarn with Jennifer Lindsay, fiber artist and arts educator. Then choose from an assortment of fibers provided and learn to spin. You may not be able to learn to make yarn in just one session, but you'll get everything you need to get started. Registration is required to attend this workshop (Material Fee: $10).

Please note: The gallery will be closed on 11/27 - 11/29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.


(top) Caleb Woodard, Maelstrom cabinet, solid American black walnut

(bottom) Joseph Corcoran, Language, mirrored blown glass

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11am-5pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm, and by appointment.
Please note: The Gallery will be closed on 11/27-11/29 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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