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.
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:
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.
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?
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:
May 4–8, 2018, Park Avenue Armory