Museum of Art and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
Featuring nearly 90 installations, sculptures, furniture, and objects, “Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design” explores some of the most cutting-edge conceptual and technical trends in woodworking today.
The exhibition emphasizes the way artists, designers and craftspeople have incorporated postmodernist approaches and strategies into woodworking—deconstructing vessel shapes, playing on the relationship between function and form, and utilizing woodturning and furniture techniques in the creation of sculpture and demonstrating exciting possibilities through the use of technology.
“Against the Grain” is part of MAD’s ongoing “Materials & Process” series, dedicated to exploring contemporary innovations in traditional techniques and materials, and highlights the tremendous creative energy and fresh thinking that creators are bringing to wood today.
The exhibition features 57 artists and designers from around the world, including influential sculptors Ursula von Rydingsvard, Courtney Smith, and Martin Puryear (who will display a furniture-based piece for the first time); installation artists Gary Carsley, Sarah Oppenheimer and Alison Elizabeth Taylor; designers Maarten Baas, Sebastian Errazuriz, and Pablo Reinoso; and studio wood artists Wendell Castle, Bud Latven, Andrew Early, and Hunt Clark, among others.
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“Technology You Can Touch”, a networking event in which inventors and investors came together on a Tuesday evening to promote their inventions and make connections that will benefit both. Although I didn’t actually touch the exhibits, I was touched by their humanitarian value. In this category: motion detecting walking cane for the visually impaired and a device which is intended to help developing countries reduce child birth related deaths.
The turnout was high, as expected. Some other exhibits included motion and sound activated security system that can be accessed through your smart phone or computer (small black and white device pictured below on the left). You can even see the person who broke into your house uninvited. Last, but not least, a device that fingerprints any physical surface. Its main purpose is counterfeit fighting.
From Wendy’s on Fifth Ave and 33 Street to “Steelan” on 35 Street and Fifth Avebue. Night Life in Manhattan.
Sex shop and Xmas time. 33 Street New York, NY Sex Shop windows on 43 w 33rd Street Manhattan, NY . Free copyright – copy left Pictures copyleft photo from Manhattan NY.
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