22 Jun The Essence of Things – Design and the Art of Reduction: An Exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum
On view at NOMA through September 11th, 2016
It is the belief of many artists that good design is when nothing can be added but also nothing can be taken away. The idea of minimalistic design as aesthetically pleasing pieces of art is the concept behind the newest exhibition featured at NOMA. The Essence of Things: Design and the Art of Reduction will be on display from June 24th through September 11, 2016. This exhibit features roughly 150 objects that have come on the scene within the last hundred years of design history. The pieces range from simple, everyday objects such as a paperclip, to complex and technically advanced items such as iPods. The purpose is to inspire the onlooker to be able to see past the commonality of these objects and to recognize their artistic potential.
Over the last hundred years’ minimalism has been at the forefront of design. It is evident in our modern architecture and the popularity of the sleek and streamlined furniture that made designers such as Frank Gehry and Charles and Ray Eames the icons that they are today. The Essence of Things explores the many facets of minimalism and utilizes print, digital, sculpture as well as many other art forms to show the myriad ways designers strive to capture the essential of an object. Mel Buchanan, NOMA’s RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts & Design states, “Something as deceptively simple as a golf ball, a LEGO block, or a fiberglass Eames chair is the result of a designer’s experimentation and calculation with both science and art.”
This exhibit takes focus on four large themes, manufacture, function, aesthetics and ethics. These themes are expressed through the use of well know products paired with artistic expression. Furniture, appliances, lighting, graphic design and architecture are all represented to show a minimalist approach as the solution to a successful design.
The Essence of Things is the first exhibit dedicated to 20th century and contemporary design that NOMA has featured. The combination of art and technology profoundly illustrates the complexity of modern art and how something mechanical can still be beautiful. NOMA is working in tandem with the internationally-renowned Vitra Design Museum in Germany to be one of only two venues in the United States that is able to share this exciting exhibit. As a proud sponsor, AOS is elated to be a part of bringing this work of contemporary design and inspired thinking to the people of New Orleans.
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