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Favorites from MAD's NYC Makers Biennial

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Favorites from MAD's NYC Makers Biennial

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The NYC Makers show opened at the Museum of Art and Design July 1, 2014 and will run until October 12, 2014. If you are in the NYC area you will definitely want to check out the museum's programing and workshops over the next few months. Ranging from performances to indigo dying and natural dying with plants to kite building a others, MAD is a breath of fresh air.  

Gold Wall, 2010 CONFETTISYSTEM, Metallic foil, canvas Photo: CONFETTISYSTEM

Gold Wall, 2010 CONFETTISYSTEM, Metallic foil, canvas
Photo: CONFETTISYSTEM

CONFETTISYSTEM is exactly what it sounds like. Nicholas Anderson and Julie Ho are a working duo artist pair that use everyday materials like cardboard, tissue paper, silk etc. to make incredible installations . The have traveled the world with their work creating pieces for music industry giants such as Beyonce to custom design work for PS1/MOMA and the list goes on. Click above and it will take you to their website which will help put some fun in your day. We love on their About page they say that their friendship "A friendship born from their shared love of communal celebration and craft-making has brought them together to create a new system"  That energy and love certainly comes through!

Installation Photo of ‘NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial’ at the Museum of Arts and Design. 2014. (Detail of ‘BFAMFAPhD’ Represented by Ben Lerchin,Caroline Woolard, Lika Volkova, Vicky Virgin, and Julian Boilen, 2013). Photo by Eric Scott

Installation Photo of ‘NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial’ at the Museum of Arts and Design. 2014. (Detail of ‘BFAMFAPhD’ Represented by Ben Lerchin,Caroline Woolard, Lika Volkova, Vicky Virgin, and Julian Boilen, 2013). Photo by Eric Scott

We've linked the image about to BFAMFAPhD. The group is a collective successfully spotlighting criticism toward the cost of education and other major issues facing artists not only in NYC where the cost of living is criticized by some to be draining the city of it's cultural capital with designers and artists migrating out of the city to survive and be able to make work.  

Volcano, 2008 Steven and William Ladd . Archival board, fiber, beads, metal Photo: Andrew Zuckerman

Volcano, 2008 Steven and William Ladd . Archival board, fiber, beads, metal
Photo: Andrew Zuckerman

Brothers who work together to make awesome work. Their website tag line: Spend your life doing what you love. Be focused and disciplined. Collaborate.

Their sewn and woven constructions and obviously beadwork are incredibly well executed and designed and even more importantly a joy to visually explore.

Network (stool), 2011 Chen Chen and Kai Williams. Oak, fabric, urethane resin Photo courtesy of the artists

Network (stool), 2011 Chen Chen and Kai Williams. Oak, fabric, urethane resin
Photo courtesy of the artists

Chen Chen and Kai Williams produce furniture, jewelry, and objects that are thematically encased in resin, plaster or concrete or clean crisp lines in wood, metal or stone that reveal the duo's sculptural funky touch to everything they make. 

Family: Eckhaus Latta AW13, 2013 Eckhaus Latta, Alexa Karolinski, director. Video, 2.30 mins Photo: Caleb Heller

Family: Eckhaus Latta AW13, 2013 Eckhaus Latta, Alexa Karolinski, director. Video, 2.30 mins
Photo: Caleb Heller

Eckhaus Latta produces great fashion collections that are simple, fresh, and fun. They explore construction often mixing materials in unique combinations. Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta hail from RISD, have an astute understanding of fashion and art, love to use models as performers, and have ongoing collaborations such as the one referenced above with director Alexa Karolinski which is their second project together. There is a tinge of darkness and morbidity to the work that keeps the viewer in suspense. In 2013 they paired with Bjarne Melgaard creating "Liquid Cosmetics" for "Ignorant Transparencies" at Gavin Brown in NYC . Below is the video of Family:

From PURPLE TV: Eckhaus Latta and Alexa Karolinski continue their collaboration with their newest video Family. Stemming from themes in the Eckhaus Latta AW13 collection regarding the inundating use of technology, a group of children were cast to represent the most vulnerable and receptive demographic. Set in a benign domestic space, the home acts as prop that could be situated in any suburb or city. Through their entrapment and unified attire, the children form a group of siblings interacting out of boredom. Some of the children wear clothing featuring Steve Jobs fanart prints, while others have been styled to look as if they are wearing pajamas. They are without external simulta aside from a looping video of plants playing on various monitors around the home. The harsh juxtaposition of “nature” with their fabricated surroundings further feeds their boredom, fixing them in an inescapable trance of disengagement. http://purple.fr/television/fashion/eckhaus-latta-family