Let me put in a plug for my good friends Steven Skov Holt and Mara Holt Skov who have a new show they have curated which just opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Portland, Oregon. It’s called Manuf(r)actured, and is described as:
Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects introduces a provocative new class of objects emerging from the permeable edges of art, craft and design. The exhibition highlights works from fifteen international artists who appropriate manufactured products to create sculptural works and installations of all sizes and scales. Rather than transform a single natural material, the artists on view employ a variety of pristine goods culled directly from manufacturers and store shelves as their raw materials. Nevertheless, each piece exhibits craft’s time-honored, labor-intensive repetitive processes as a strategy for object-making.
Steven is a former editor at ID Magazine and creative director at frog design, and Mara is a curator and author, and both are about the scarily smartest people I know.
The show runs until January 4, 2009, so if you are in Portland in the next few months I’m sure it will be worth checking out.