2012 RECAP


MANGLE. Bogotá, CO
Represented by Enrique Guerrero

MANGLE | “Vientre (Womb)” | 2007 | Okume Wood bended by lamination | Edition of 12 | 70 x 80 x 51 cm

MANGLE was born in 2006 founded by Diego Fernando Álvarez and María Paula Álvarez born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1978 and 1984 respectively. Since its foundation, MANGLE has been interested in working their way with and through wood. They have been doing intensive research and experimenting with different types to select those kinds of wood that would enable their primary interest in designing with this material—how to compose functional objects by bending and rolling their surfaces, following their inherent growth lines and strength. Therefore, their ‘attitude’ towards their primary sources—not directed towards an incisive intervention or regular cutting construction procedure, but a way of dealing with the malleability—tells us a lot about their aesthetic and creative beliefs.

For further comprehending their respectful approach in hearing the ways and needs of the different woods they work with, we should refer to its name: MANGLE (Spanish for Mangrove), a pioneer plant that settles in difficult salty-water terrains, enables all sorts of life to grow around it (generating otherwise unthinkable ecosystems). Characterized by the strength and multiplicity of its branches turned into roots, the ‘mangle’ adapts with ferocious decision to tough environments while composing beautiful and long-withstanding bodies of wood-based life.

Represented by the Woodbury School of Architecture

Woodbury School of Architecture | Photo: © David Hewitt / Anne Garrison

This exhibition brings together a collection of works that explore the process of making as an unfolding series of options and creative opportunities engaged by the designer. Traveling beyond stock typologies of sculpture and object design, the work in Optional Features explores the realm of possibilities through an individual study of material, process and technology. These projects combine to offer an experience of work that is occurring right here and now.

Physically encountered in real space and real time, each work reinforces the primacy of ‘making’ the constructed object as both a material and cultural feature. This show hopes to sound the increasingly blurred definitions of sculpture, furniture and installation at a time when the critical value of objects is under progressive scrutiny. As part of its push beyond the disciplines of art and design, Optional Features implies connections between work in all mediums and creative disciplines, and reinforces the importance of how the practices featured here can influence our understanding of the built environment.

Represented by the Woodbury School of Architecture

Christopher Puzio | “Star Cluster / Cell Cluster” | 2011 | 
Aluminum & stainless steel | 13 x 6 x 6′ | Photo: Gary Conaughton

Christopher Puzio is a San Diego artist who works in metal to create dramatic decorative features and sculptural environmental elements. Christopher received his education at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit where he focused and developed his passion for contemporary metalwork and design. Since then he has produced a large body of work while completing many private and public commissions throughout the region. His work was most recently featured in Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s exhibition “Here Not There: San Diego Art Now”. In addition to his work as a studio artist, he is responsible for coordinating fabrication and shop related curriculum at Woodbury University School of Architecture in San Diego. Christopher lectures widely on the topic of art, craft and design. His personal dedication and commitment to the arts has been evidenced within numerous local and national publications.

San Diego, CA, US
Represented by the San Diego State University

Justin Kramer | “Major Tom’s Teeter-Totter” | 7′ x 38″ x 7′

Material Matters presents the work of nine makers involved in both the conception and manufacture of provocative objects. The range of work, completed in a breadth of materials, explores the inextricable nature of the design and making process. In each work, the nature of the materials used directly informs the finished form in such a way that to make the piece in any other material would undermine its power. All artists included in Material Matters have an affiliation with San Diego State University’s Furniture Design and Woodworking program, which has a proud history of valuing innovative design, rigorous craft, and artistic expression.

Represented by Marcus Papay Design

Marcus Papay | “Sinuous floor lamp” | Maple fastened by aluminum pivot points, hand made fiber shade suspended with aluminum cross bars

Marcus Papay is a furniture designer working from his studio shop in San Diego, California. Marcus creates unique works that incorporate the characteristics of furniture design from both the past and the present. His individual style brings in modern aesthetics with processes that embrace traditional design and the hand–made. Today the Marcus Papay Design Studio is introducing the Sinuous line, a fresh new lighting fixture line that embodies design aesthetics from the mid–century and current design. The Sinuousfloor lamp can be found in local private collections and has recently received attention from Just Modern Inc that will be featuring the Sinuous products in their brand new showroom in Palm Springs.

Represented by the Woodbury School of Architecture

Miki Iwasaki | Photo: Anne Garrison

Miki Iwasaki began drawing and painting with his mother when he was a small child in Southern California. Miki’s creative endeavors grew and multiplied, from organized art lessons to building tree houses in his parents’ backyard and skateboard ramps in their garage. His curiosity in making and building things eventually led him to pursue a career in architecture, and attend California State Polytechnic University in Pomona California. Miki studied for a year at the Kyushu Institute of Design in Fukuoka, Japan and received his Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His architectural experience includes work in New York, Los Angeles, and San Diego firms, and spans a variety of project types including high-end residential, office, restaurant, retail, and gallery work. Throughout his academic and early professional years, Miki remained dedicated to his own art projects and furniture design, working late nights and weekends to develop and test his latest ideas. Miki’s interests and skills constantly expand as he pushes himself to explore new materials and methods.

Represented by oo-d-a studio

Dominique Houriet | “Lo Ball” | Steel with hand woven hemp cord

[oo-d-a] studio was founded in 2008 by Artist, Designer and Builder Dominique Houriet. Dominique was born in the Texas hill country in 1975, where he graduated high school and attended Texas Tech University receiving his Master of Architecture degree. Shortly after graduating, Dominique moved to the San Diego area and has been practicing architecture, construction and furniture design. His works have been featured in The New York Times, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Riviera, Dwell, ArchDaily and others. In this exhibit Dominique will produce a new lineage of chairs fabricated from raw mild steel materials mixed with natural fibers and wood.

Represented by Michael Leaf Design

Michael Leaf | Tree desk abstract branch (detail) | 7 x 10.21″

Michael Leaf is a third generation San Diego native, and has been working with metal for roughly four years. Entirely self-taught, he has created and invented numerous methods in metal design. Within these four years, Michael has been featured in numerous publications. He co-founded and is a sitting Board Member of the South Bay Artist Foundation. Leaf has had a 4-week solo exhibition on El Paseo drive in Palm Desert, and a four month solo exhibition at world acclaimed Hotel Parisi in Downtown La Jolla. He has donated art, for purposes of raising money, to local organizations such as: Center for Community Solutions, Autism Tree Project, and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Leaf was the featured artist for San Diego Magazines Best of Event 2010, and was a featured artist in The Curator event 2012. Michael has had absolutely no formal training in art, and has never attended any form of art school or college.  Michael Leaf Design is a 100% recycled metal design company focused on innovation, and progression. Michael has been commissioned to create commercial and public art including statues and wall hangings. His portfolio also includes private residences, and was brought in as the featured artist/designer in the creation of a one of a kind home, to be featured in San Diego Home and Garden later this year, 2012.

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