A Product Of Design presented by Scion recently opened and is quite a great show. The show is curated by amazing illustrators Gluekit (Kathleen and Christopher Sleboda), who made a related, somewhat promotional video for the show that was posted on The Fox Is Black some time ago. The exhibit seems to work like a retail showroom, slightly akin to an Opening Ceremony or, perhaps, a Barney’s. This, of course, is the point: focusing on the product as art, a product of design. Now you get the title?
The show features Peter Buchanan-Smith (Best Made Company), Colophon Foundry, Various Projects, Hugo & Marie, Booji, Ben Blanc Studio, JB Lab, and locals The Solitary Arts and Andy Mueller (The Quiet Life) among others. The show featured each person or group’s work in it’s own world. Each transformed their patch of wall or corner into a cubby of artistic retail mashup. The Solitary Arts had an area that seemed like a skate shop, while Andy Mueller’s Quiet Life set up lined the walls with his amazing t-shirts. The juxtaposition of the two next to each other is absolutely fitting, albeit two very different art forms that do go hand in hand.
The show continues on through next week and is worth stopping in the Scion space to see. The art/products are all wonderful and, although the exhibit will end, we’re fairly certain you can still track down many of the items in the show through the artists. For example, we were anxious to grab a Various Projects Pigeon at the event, but we forgot to; but, after some Googling, we successfully tracked it down quite easily.
That is not an excuse to skip the show, though: many of the things were specific to the show, that you will only be able to see there now. For example, Geoff Mcfetridge created a giant man carrying a skateboard for the Solitary Arts exhibit and Best Made Company had a video installation for their corner that you will likely never be able to see again outside of the show.
A Product of Design ends October 7 and is located at the Scion space in Culver City. Be sure to catch it while you can and, if not, Scion always has some amazing things happening in their space and should be on your shortlist of art stops while in the area.