Exhibition / Gallery
Borgenicht & Dennis
Bishoff/J.M. Syron and Nico
Lloyd Dever, Steve
“Mythologies: Propaganda and Commerce”
Opens Friday, September 5, 2008
Reception 5 to 9 p.m.
Steve Hansen’s artistic renaissance continues.
Grounding his works in a trompe l’oeil version
of Americana, his stoneware commentaries on the intersections
of high and low art, commerce, and pop culture have
struck a chord with critics and collectors alike.
exhibition features works from his popular Gods of Commerce
series, re-combinations of mythological icons which
have been appropriated by marketers in their attempts
to sell various products. Added to this, his new Propaganda
series has widened the net - from products to ideology
and the ‘permeable nature of truth’ –continuing
the theme but focusing on the selling of “truth”
rather than products. While the connection to Pop Art
in this new work remains strong, Hansen has revisited
the consumerist vs. capitalist argument and enlarged
it to bring into focus the irony of polemic truths living
side-by-side on the same object.
WORKS / TEA
Abstractions and Associations
Opening Reception: Friday, June
August 1, 2008
Virtual imagined surroundings, oils on canvas by Jill
June 1, 2008.
February & March, Function+Art proudly presents the
work of two artists “drawing” with unconventional
Wallin / Ichikawa
Wallin creates his hazy, dreamlike paintings
using fine layers of powdered glass that is baked in a
kiln. Each layer is a meditation on the passage of time,
investigating the “unexpected ways by which an accumulation
of marks can acquire new meanings outside of the experiences
that created them; encompassing both the subject and the
memories surrounding the subject’s history. These
works are not meant to convey a specific history; they
simply need to be history.” - Reception: Friday, February 22, 5-8
Ichikawa’s work is “a continuing
investigation of what lies between the ephemeral and the
eternal”. Made by imprinting hot glass onto paper,
her pyrographs capture “moment and memory, absorption
and evaporation, light and shadow”, and the passage
of time and motion. - Reception: Friday, March 14, 5-8 p.m.
both of these artists use glass in the process of creating,
they have previously been represented with considerable
success by our sister gallery, PRISM Contemporary. However,
as each takes a decidedly fine-art approach to his or
her artwork, we are presenting them at Function + Art
as purely 2D fine art.
this is essentially a dual-solo exhibition, the gallery
will hold two receptions for Vestiges;
Friday, February 22, 5-8 p.m.
Friday, March 14, 5-8 p.m.
"Binh Pho: Allegories"
Friday, October 5, 2007 - reception: 5 to 8 pm
Meet the Artist
Reception and Demonstration!
Impossibly delicate & Elegant turned wood sculptural
from a world-renowned Chicagoan - MORE
thru November 4
OPENS: Friday, September 7 - Reception
5 to 8 pm
Stephan Cox - Teapot 25 - Blown and sculpted
glass - 33x19x15 - http://www.functionart.com/AM/Artists/CoxS/Teapot_25_P.jpg
Barbara Frey - "Let's Go Teapot 22"
- ceramic - http://www.functionart.com/AM/Artists/FreyB/LetsGoTeapot22_P.jpg
Mark Rooker - Lemon Zinger Teapot - Aluminum
and stainless - 24 x 7 x 7" - http://www.functionart.com/AM/Artists/RookerM/LemonZinger_P.jpg
teapot has a long and rich history, dating back thousands
of years - from ancient Chinese tea cups, to contemporary
interpretations of idea, form, and function.
In the 1600’s, as tea drinking was propagated by
the British Empire, the increasing demand led to commercial
production of teapots, which prior had mostly been handcrafted
in the Yixing province in China. A variety of designs
and styles were produced in ever-increasing numbers –
but standardization and manufacturing efficiencies tended
recently, interest has surged in teapots as an artistic
format – both from artists and collectors alike.
Paradoxically, the added constraints of the label ‘teapot",
and the functional requirements (spout, handle, interior
volume), seem to allow sculptors much more freedom to
create, to entertain, and to have fun!
exhibition is a compact survey of contemporary sculptural
teapots, with offerings in wood, metal, glass, and the
ubiquitous clay. These works are about themselves, transcending
their utilitarian origins to achieve greater identity,
meaning, and significance. At this level, the object may
be seen more easily as sculpture.
invite you to share in the delight, whimsy, or elegance
each object exudes, and choose a favorite. We’ll
compile our visitors’ votes and present them on
our website at the conclusion of the show. Thanks for
looking – and enjoy!
of the artists we will be showing include:
Tania Radda, Mark
please check back for more details
Reception: Friday, July 13
- 5 to 9 p.m.
3rd annual Guerrilla Truck Show!
(ger ril'e) n. 1. a member of a small independant
group of furniture designers and artisians that
band together to provide an exciting, innovative
venu to vent their ideas and creativity.
featured artists include:
STUDIO FURNITURE - Chris
RUGS - Raju
Symbols and Lauguage
opens Friday, May 4
public reception 5-8 pm
through June 16.
it can be argued at all visual art is intended to convey
meaning, it is especially true of text art. All too often
however, the art consists solely of the text itself. In
this exhibition, each of the works communicates on multiple
levels; the 5 featured artists incorporate text into their
works, but as a supplement - adding additional layers
include works by:
Greg Milne, Mike
and flameworked books by Elizabeth
R. Mears and L. Lindsey Mears
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Friday, March 30, 2007
5:00 - 8:00 pm
runs through April 27, 2007 (Art Chicago / Bridge Art
Closing Reception/Meet the Artist Brunch:
Sunday, April 29, 2007
9:30 am to 12 noon
Stated simply, Pascal
loves wood, “because of its individuality, its smell,
its temperature, its origin. This medium is strong, smart,
full of character, unexpected - very feminine”.
Indeed, though his works are abstract, certain of his
sculptures have a feminine cast, with elegantly swelling
contours and subtle curves. Others are fortresslike, or
totemic – but all enjoy a simplicity of form which
balances geometric abstraction with organic form. There
is an undertone of symbolism as well, a hieroglyphic shorthand
that hints at other visual languages.
PASCAL - full
paintings by JILL HENRY
February 23, 2007
Exhibit runs thru March 24
new body of work evokes a ethereal, zen-like sense of
calm. Mark-making is there, but diffused. The palette
lends emphasis to the atmospheric quality of the work.
The viewer is drawn in deeply; becoming a participant
in whatever is going on inside the canvas MORE
did great at
November 10-12 @ Navy Pier
Function + Art and PRISM
are proud to once again participate in SOFA-Chicago (Booth
– with a strong and varied lineup of artists working
in all your favorite media.
of each artist, a
s well as special event times (demos & booksigning),
please visit our special SOFA
For more about these shows, see our Fall
Newsletter (click to download)
Exhibition runs through November 30, 2006
HERE TO SEE GALLERY SHOTS
Continuing our Commitment to Excellence in Objects, Function
+ Art is pleased to announce “Ingrained Passion”,
a unique exhibition focused on the natural beauty of Wood.
While most of us are surrounded by wood in our daily lives
and homes, how often do we stop and admire its character,
beauty, and flexibility?
is a unique medium for an artist. Sometimes, the woodgrain
itself offers more complexity of design than might be accomplished
with a brush or pen. The artist’s job might then be
to highlight what nature has provided - and in the process,
create something new. Or, much like Michelangelo once claimed,
the sculpture may already be inside – it is merely
the artist’s job to remove the excess.
the color is the point of departure – offering up
canvas upon which to build, embellish, highlight or even
subtract. In any event, the artist usually works with the
innate beauty of the medium, and builds from there. In this
exhibition, you will find wood manipulated in many ways:
turned, laminated, carved, assembled, dyed, inlaid, pierced,
painted, oiled, waxed and hewn.
over a dozen artists’ works will be featured: turned
bowls, sculpture, furniture... and a surprise or two along
the way. Featured artists will hail from the four corners
of the USA: Michael
Mode (VT), Avelino
Samuel (USVI), Christopher
Cantwell (CA), and Michael
DeForest (OR). In keeping with Chicago Artists Month,
Chicago will be represented by Binh
Pho, of Maple Park, (IL).
Artists: Pascal, Skip
Lee Mitchell - welded clay, that looks like Birch!
Art imitates Life. Continuing
our commitment to Excellence in Objects, this summer we
feature three ceramists, each of whom relates a story about
Life, told in clay: three investigations of Life Transformation;
evolution/hybridization, health/disease, and nature/nurture.
join us in celebrating these remarkable works.
Opens Friday, July 14, 2006
thru August 5th
Opens Friday, August 11, 2006
Opens Friday, September 8,
Opens Friday, May 12, Reception 5:50
to 8:30 pm
Gallery walk, May 26, 2006 from 5 to 9:30 pm
concert with the Society of North American Goldsmiths’
(SNAG) annual conference (being held this year in Chicago;
May 24-27), we are mounting an exhibition entitled “Mentalmetal”.
The exhibition will feature a fascinating array of jewelry,
furniture, sculpture, and functional works in a variety of
metals and techniques.
keeping with the Conference theme of “Mind & Matter:
From Thought to Object”, each artist is being asked
to provide a record of the inspiration or process that preceded
it. We expect this to add a fascinating layer to the exhibition:
investigations as to the meaning of objects; snapshots of
inspiration & frustration; the artistic process laid bare.
Adam Shirley, Lisa
Slovis Mandel, John
paintings by Jill
I paint, the result is always in question and in doubt.
I begin only with the idea that the form will be developed
through work and exploration. My paintings are born
from discovery and response. The image unfolds through
the manipulation of the most basic elements in art:
such as, line, space, and texture; and through the strengthening
of the relationships found within each work.
Opens April 7; reception 5-9 pm.
Thru May 6.
Accessible works for new collectors
February 17- April1, 2006
March 1, 8,
15, and 22 - 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
This will be the first shared exhibition between Function
+ Art and its sister gallery, PRISM Contemporary
Glass. START is geared toward a new audience, one
perhaps not as familiar with craft objects as art. Accordingly,
the exhibit will feature more-accessible (read: relatively
inexpensive) works in furniture, metal, wood, ceramics, and
glass. Prices will range from just under $100 to $2000.
This July15, Function+Art,
Chicago’s premier gallery dedicated to Craft as Art,
will open a show that has little or nothing to do with function
and everything to do with Art.
.five x five...+one.
Edgerley - Glass \ Larry
Fox - Wood \ Sydia
Reyes - Ceramic
Sardi - Metal \ Hye
Sun Baik - Fiber \ Isaac
Arms - Furniture
a new breed of furniture
Christopher J. Martin
idea for the Articulation Series has been banging
around in my head for quite a while. It really clicked
into place after spending Christmas break playing
with my nephews and their “Bionicle”
action figures. The toys are mechanical and robot-like,
but not high tech. That is an important point. I
want the Articulation Series to have a sense of
low tech, but be highly refined.
see the Articulation Project as a kind of analog
robotics technology. What a person in the early
20th century may have imagined a futuristic robot
might be like.
Although the pieces have an overall “refined”
feel, it is important to me that they still look
hand made. That they retain a bit of an organic
feel. This is why the deep, rubbed, patinated finish
is so important. I also think that this plays off
of my intrigue with the idea of natural vs. manmade.
The Articulation Projects have a strong biomorphic
sense that is inspired from insects, animals, and
humans. Specifically how our joints work (i.e. knee
vs. hip vs. ankle, etc.
Preview: Tuesday, June 14th
Furniture by Mark
title of this Spotlight exhibition "stems"
from his latest body of work: representations
of fruit (such as the Pear Table) as well as his
more familiar Flower-based series. He says, "I’m
fascinated and humbled by some of nature’s
most basic produce; fruit, vegetables and eggs.
They are perfect miniature sculptures where everything
is just right; proportion, form, texture and sensuality.
They would do Brancusi proud". His Flower
series is an "offshoot" of his long-running
Leaf Series; both seem to combine the best elements
of the feminine form with the floral delicacy
FULL PRESS RELEASE
FURNITURE & FURNISHINGS SHOW
Practical. Refined. Elegance.
a collection of exceptional, unique, and exciting
works for our East Coast clients: The remarkable curves
undulating, sensual designs… the thoughtful
combination of materials in Asian-nuanced works from Chris
Martin... the bold yet refined sculptural
metal of Richard
the symphonies of color that are chandeliers by Ed
plus Urban Masks by Dale Wedig, and a choice selection
of sculptural works in glass by Kelman, Fekete, Fidler
during the PFFS, April 15-17 / www.pffshow.com
FEBRUARY 18th through
exhibition demonstrates and celebrates the dual nature
of metal: the juxtaposition of mass and strength
against fluidity and malleability. Works in mild and
stainless steel, aluminum, copper, bronze, cast iron
and pewter will be featured, from elegant vessels
to flamboyant sculptures and sleek furniture. Techniques
represented include casting fabricating, raising and
forging, with finishes ranging from raw to refined. MORE
MISSED THE OPENING RECEPTION?!!! Cant make it to the
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FEBRUARY FEATURE ARTIST
keeping with Black History Month, Function + Art will
spotlight furniture and sculpture by African American
Bennett of Detroit. Largely self-taught,
Richard has also apprenticed with world-renowned sculptor
Richard Hunt. Mr. Bennett’s works in wood, steel,
& aluminum have been exhibited around the world;
several are on permanent display at the CHARLES H.
WRIGHT MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY in Detroit,
including the museum’s iconic masks over each
entry. Interestingly, Richard’s initial experiences
with metal(s) came as a structural welder for industrial
and aerospace companies… from that background,
he has gained a mastery of nearly all means of metal
joinery and welding, and a level of precision in his
own work that surpasses most artists… he truly
deserves the title “craftsman”. Relentlessly
exploring the relationship between angles and curves,
his designs all seem lighter than the space they occupy
– a condition which has led critics to observe
that his works “flirt with gravity”.
& Surfaces: |
Studio Furniture - part 2", the second
in a series of exhibitions intended to provide an introduction
to the wide variety of forms, materials, techniques,
and inspirations present in our field. Its mission is
to educate the viewer to the wide range of possibilities
that Studio Furniture presents; the practical, useful
yet sculptural object that, properly cared for, may
serve generations. Steel, bronze, various woods, concrete,
and glass... geometric, organic, and whimsical... more
than a dozen works by artisans Christopher
Martin (IA), David
Orth (IL), Jenna
Goldberg (RI), Bishoff/Syron
Del Guidice (MA), Cameron
P. Van Dyke (MI) and others will be featured. -MORE-
Del Guidice & Bonnie
Bishoff /J.M. Syron
furniture by Brent Skidmore continues through November
7. Mr. Skidmore creates some of the most innovative,
dynamic, and playfully elegant studio furniture in
the field today. We are proud to present this small
collection of works as a preview to Brent’s
SOFA debut in November.
Brent’s current body of sculptural works challenges
our notions of what furniture is supposed to be; each
piece meets its utilitarian obligations, but dares
to be far more. Indeed, his visual misdirection –
the trompe l’oeil of wood appearing as stone,
bamboo, or bone – engages us more deeply, forcing
us to really view the piece as sculpture. Even the
more traditional forms (buffet, bar) illustrate this
transition, and are treated with a more graceful,
painterly composition as a counterpoint to their anthropomorphic
Brent’s work has always been animated; his
most recent pieces operate at a higher, more subtle
level. The seeming impossibility of his assemblages
implies motion – a kinetic event we must await.
Through Brent’s treading (and blurring of) the
fine line between function and form, the viewer finds
herself responding to the sculptural aspects of the
functional works, and seeking the function in the
one purely sculptural form; with this series, Brent
has illustrated the true definition of “functional
Studio Furniture - Part 1
EXTENDED THROUGH SEPT. 30, 2004!!!
Tsukada & Dale
truest expression of what is loosely termed "functional
art", Studio Furniture refers to limited edition
or one of a kind furnishings handcrafted in an artisan's
studio. This exhibition, "Diversity: Studio Furniture
- part 1", is intended to provide an introduction
to the wide variety of forms, materials, techniques,
and inspirations present in our field. Its mission
is to educate the viewer to the wide range of possibilites
that Studio Furniture presents; the practical, useful
yet sculptural object that, properly cared for, may
serve generations. Steel, bronze, various woods, concrete,
and glass... geometric, organic, and whimsical...
all will be represented by more than 20 works by over
a dozen designers and artisans. This first effort
will be followed in Fall '04 by a second installment
in what will be an ongoing series.
furniture refers to limited or one of a kind furnishings
handcrafted in an artisian's studio. This exhibition,
Studio Furniture - part 1, is intended to provide
an introduction to the wide variety of forms... VIEW
EXHIBIT / PRESS
Philadelphia Furniture & Furnishings Show is nationally
acclaimed as the finest exhibition of studio-made
products for the home and office. Now in its ninth
year, the show has grown by leaps and bounds. While
most of the 250 juried professionals from across the
United States are furniture makers, over 40 percent
are showing home furnishings such as handmade paper
lighting, modernist patterned rugs, sleek silverware,
glass and ceramic vases and intricately inlaid boxes.
Limited production and one-of-a-kind work for the
bedroom, garden, home office, boardroom and kitchen
runs the gamut from innovative contemporary designs
to adaptations of classical styling to interpretations
of the American rural aesthetic.
TO VIEW EXHIBIT
GABRIEL BERNSTEIN, TALIAFERRO
exhibition continues our strong tradition of discovering
the NEXT Generation of fine craft artisans. For this
Invitational, we have assembled an exciting group
of talented artisans who are receiving national attention,
along with a several "new discoveries".
Techniques represented will include lampworking/flameworking,
blowing, hot casting and kiln-casting, pate-de-verre,
lamination, carving, slumping, and fusing... both
functional and purely sculptural works will be represented.
Boxes & Baskets (preview)
10 - November 4, 2003:
Christian Thirion, Ralph
Michael Bauermeister, Dennis
Peter Petrochko, Michael
& Linda Fifield
Anne Hallam, Dale
Kari Lonning, Doris
is intended to present a survey or "snapshot"
of established and mid-career artisans’ current
work, and encompasses all major disciplines: ceramic,
glass, wood, metals, and fiber. Perhaps more than
any of our other shows, VBB has been about the object
and craftsmanship. The definitions of a vessel, a
box, or a basket are broad, and here the function
is implied but rarely consummated. These works are
about themselves. Transcending their utilitarian origins
to achieve greater identity, meaning, and significance.
At this level, the object may be seen more easily
(opens 10/10; Special Reception 10/18, 6-9pm)
by the Cultural Center’s hosting of "The
Artful Teapot", we expect to present between
30 and 50 teapots ranging from the precious to the
whimsical - including works by a number of the artists
represented in the Kamm collection such as: Michael
& Maureen Banner, Stephen Hansen, Jared Jaffe,
and Stephen Fabrico. Paradoxically, the added constraint
of the label ‘teapot" seems to allow artists
much more freedom to create, to entertain, and to
& Maureen Banner, Fong
Haley/Susy Siegele, Ismael
16 - 19, 2003:
Featuring new works by
Sand and Chris
+ 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 Christopher
J Martin, new glass sculptures by
Toland Sand, and blown glass chandeliers by Ed
5 – October 4, 2003:
Artists include: Kim
Kelzer (WA), Kirby
Jones (CA), Warren
Muller (PA), Jill
Davis (RI), Alex
Porbe (MI), Ed
Poehlmann (FL), Ellen
Sall (PA), Thomas
Wargin (WI), Garry
Knox Bennett (CA), Ismael
Gonzalez (CA), Alex
Roskin (NY), Sanjolee
Skidmore (NC), Chris
This critically-acclaimed Invitational
exhibition, featuring works in all media, expands
the boundaries of lighting design; in the material
sense as well as the conceptual. Found (previously
discarded) objects are exalted, while precious materials
are humbled by their proximity... Delicate porcelain,
cold steel,textured wood, sumptuous glass and vibrant
paint... all have their place in this exhibition.
A study in contrasts (i.e., trash meets glass),
The Eclectic Electric is also about convergence;the
blending of art & science, of aesthetics and
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- Facets of Glass"
ALL NEW works by 3 of our most popular artists!
25th to May 31,
Artist's Talk Saturday,
April 26, Noon
materials manipulated with basic techniques. Cold
steel and rough-hewn wood processed through two artists'
creative imaginations. Raw becomes finished, yet the
basic nature of the materials remains unchanged. Dale
Wedig and Chris
Martin have very different
approaches to the same "problem": the transformation
of wood and metal into sculptural, useful furniture.
Ancient times echo in Chris' work; sturdy lumber reminiscent
of Medieval castles, combined with almost-delicate
steel fabrications evocative of a Samurai's blade
and rich patinas result in contemporary furnishings
which suggest their
own storied history.
Wedig doesn't coax; he bends steel to his will. Searing
fire and absolute force are tempered by humor and
skilled, gentle hands; resulting in substantial yet
playful furniture that often questions its own intended
Function + Art, we take special pride in discovering,
exhibiting and promoting the NEXT Generation of fine
craft artisans. For this years’ Glass Invitational,
we have assembled a dozen artists whose work inspires
us . . .and we hope you, as well. This exibition is
an excellent opportunity to acquire works by these
artists who are on the threshold of national prominence.
21 - April 20
A Glass Act '03: National Glass Invitational
Group exhibition of sculptural and functional works
from emerging and established glass artists.
H. Davis, Brian
Leva & Ellen Abbott, Jim
Pulley / Jay
Dougan / Sharon
Michae - lBennett,
Patrick - Dougan,
Jay - Dunham,
Bandhu - Ewoldt,
Darlys - Freundt,
Paul - Genetti,
Joe - Lewis,
Dale - Merritt,
Steven - Miller,
John - Nelson,
Paul - Sanguino,
Reinaldo - Runde,
Paul - Slovis,
Lisa - Spiroff,
James - Stewart,
Veronica - Triplett,
Kathy - Vesper,
Kerry - Wedig,