CHAMBER Collection #2 “Human|Nature”
Curated by Andrew Zuckerman
NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 2015—CHAMBER is pleased to announce that their second annual collection, “Human | Nature,” will be curated by celebrated photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman, who will work closely with Chamber’s founder, Juan Garcia Mosqueda, in shaping the year long project.
In curating Chamber Collection #2, Andrew Zuckerman will explore the theme of how the natural world interacts with man’s living environment as expressed through objects of design, art and various types of ephemera. Zuckerman’s collaboration with Chamber will draw on a broad array of sources, including Japanese aesthetics, ethnographic art and biomimetics in the service of creating a collection of objects that reintroduce organic forms or concepts into designed spaces.
The new collection explores how nature interacts with the built environment and investigates how objects have a transformative effect on our lives. Consisting of customized contemporary design pieces, specially commissioned unique editions, and historic objects, the collection will evolve throughout the year as a living, ever-changing presentation of rare and unusual artifacts.
Chamber Collection #2 will be presented in three separate installments, called Chapters, which will be presented in the fall, winter and spring. The first Chapter, opening on Tuesday, October 6th, presents an impressive array of contemporary designers and artists – from established figures such as botanic artist Azuma Makoto, architect Bjarke Ingels, artist Adam Fuss, designer Carl Auböck, landscape architect Marc Keane and photographer Andrew Zuckerman himself to emerging figures such as Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Fort Standard, Ika Künzel, Karl-Johan Hjerling and Marlène Huissoud. Zuckerman also expands the concept of the contemporary Wunderkammer by presenting new designs for Austrian glassware company J. & L. Lobmeyr, as well as classics from German porcelain manufacturer Nymphenburg and rare design objects like a vintage ant farm, NASA’s lunar rake and the Japanese Motocompo miniature vehicle. Collection #2 also includes specially commissioned work by Studio Job, the curators of Chamber Collection #1.
In an effort to reconcile what he considers an innate human desire to be connected to nature with our increasing urban and technological isolation from it, Zuckerman sought out objects that utilized or echoed materials, forms and rhythms found in the natural world.
“As an artist I’ve been deeply invested in an exploration of the natural world. So when I was approached about assembling Collection #2 for Chamber it felt right to delve into the conversation between design and nature and its function in our living spaces. The show encompasses a collection of objects that reflect a meeting point between man and the environment.” – Andrew Zuckerman