My Highlights from FOG Design+Art 2014

The FOG Design+Art fair premiers next week, and I’m very excited that it will bring attention to contemporary art and design from a Bay Area perspective. For a region that prides itself on innovation and cultural awareness, it will be interesting to see what works resonate in this climate. From the FOG preview images, I made two group selections. 

My Selection:

In the first group, I organized a few works that bring forward issues of context and identity associated with place. The selected artists and designers created works that capture a sense of distinct location, even when the work does not address a specific place:

Ed RuschaMotor City, 2009, at Crown Point Press

An interesting portrait of Detroit, American manufacturing, car culture and corporate logos. These etched vintage car emblem recall a not-so-distinct time and place in American history; a way of life that seems foreign today.

Filip DujardinGMRS 008, 2012, at Highlight Gallery

Dujardin’s large-scale prints seamlessly combine images of the built environment that seem almost plausible. This is a beautiful image commenting on a horrific but common condition. At what point does Growth only serve some of the population and not all?

Ron AradLittle Albert, 2001, at Friedman Benda

N.I.C.E. CollectiveCombat, 1999, at The NWBLK

This boot is the Duchamp Fountain of fashion design; the former military icon is now a contemporary androgynous dilettante. Urban legend has it that the boots are dusted with Blackrock sand...

The second group is a list of works I look forward to seeing in person; works where the image in enticing, but the in-person experience will be necessary:

Ron AradDrop, 2013, at Hedge

Jack Rogers HopkinsSculptural Hand-Crafted Armchair and Environment, 1972, at Reform Gallery

Hun Chung LeeConcrete Bench with Round Legs, 2012, at Gallery Seomi

Emil LukasNight Machine, 2011, at Hosfelt Gallery