1046 W. Fulton Market Street
Chicago, IL 60607
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IL- Function + Art Announces its participation in SOFA
- Chicago '03 and related Special Events.
+ Art is proud to once again participate in the definitive Exposition
of sculpture and fine craft - now in it's tenth year, SOFA-Chicago,
in Chicago this October 16-19.
+ Art specializes in contemporary studio furniture, fine
craft and the decorative arts, and relocated to Chicago's West
Loop Gate neighborhood from the Detroit market in May of 2002.
Our booth at SOFA (#524) will feature works by furniture maker
J Martin, new glass sculptures by Toland
Sand, and blown glass chandeliers by Ed
the gallery, our exhibition "Vessels, Boxes, and Baskets"
will be installed and open for viewing from 10am - 7 pm each
day. VBB is a survey of finely-crafted works in all major disciplines
(ceramic, glass, wood, metals, and fiber) by more than 20 established
and mid-career artisans - including White House Collection artists
Kari Lonning, Thomas Hoadley, and Peter Petrochko. VBB celebrates
the Object ... works that transcend their utilitarian
origins to achieve greater identity, meaning, and significance.
"Meet the Artists" RECEPTIONS
at the gallery
in conjunction with SOFA-Chicago:
Sunday, October 27
10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
a Tea" is special exhibition of teapots large and small,
precious and whimsical. Included are new works by "The
Artful Teapot" artisans such as Michael & Maureen Banner,
Ismael Gonzalez, and Jared Jaffe, among nearly two dozen others.
SPECIAL RECEPTION: Sat. October 18, 7-10pm
the Artists Breakfast/Brunch 10am - 2pm
PRESENTATION SCHEDULE: (Location: Function + Art)
Sand (Laminated Optical Crystal sculptures)
Precise, striking, elegant, all are insufficient to describe
the deftness with which Toland captures and plays with light.
Crystal isn't so much his medium as is light. In his latest
works, he has expanded upon his expertise with optic and dichroic
glass to create a stunning new series of architecturally-inspired
sculptures. By juxtaposing stone and glass, opacity and translucence,
he makes solid materials seem to float, each suspended within
am Susan kavicky (Fiber/Basketry)
Susan finds sanity in the precision of weaving her brown-ash
sculptural baskets. Her deceptively complex works have been
exhibited nationally - we are proud to introduce her wroks here
Martin (Studio Furniture)
Chris' furniture is an elegant, graceful combination of wood
and metal, informed by influences ranging from Iowa landscapes
to ancient Samurai. His passion for exploration of material...
and process, is apparent in texture and finish; finely crafted,
yet revealing the maker's hand
is the gallery's second incarnation; it had operated as Gallery:
FunctionArt in Pontiac MI, for nearly a decade. Prior to its
move to Chicago, Function+Art gained national respect for its
focus on high-quality studio furniture. ["Studio Furniture"
is defined as furniture crafted by a single artisan or small
shop; the works are often highly sculptural and are generally
one of a kind creations.] Since then, the gallery's specialization
has grown to include glass, ceramics, fiber, wood and jewelry
- the "fine craft" media. The gallery spotlights not
just established artists, but is committed to furthering fresh
new talent - as a result, the gallery has built relationships
with nearly 400 artists and craftspersons nationwide. In a 12-month
Exhibition/programming cycle, we will feature thoroughly contemporary,
high quality works by as many as 100 established and mid-career
artists. Custom commissions, especially furniture, are a specialty,
as are large-scale outdoor sculptures.
one else in Chicago does what we do. For more information, hours
and directions, please visit us online at: www.functionart.com.
The gallery will be open to the public during SOFA from 10am
- 7pm, with receptions from 7-10 PM. No reservations are necessary.