BRUCENNIAL 2010: Miseducation

"People are live entities and they need to have some moments where they recognize this liveliness of their existence."

-Francesco Bonami

The BRUCENNIAL has evolved into BHQF's signature public program, as well as the most important survey of contemporary art in the world.

Through simple blocks of color, Sophy Naess of Cooper Union establishes a powerful narrative. Changing the colors and the compositions of simple shapes provides high emotional impact.

"You're a new person." (Seen below)

Broken down cardboard boxes resting on garbage bags of air move up and down while a 'breathing' sound plays from the amplifier. I couldn't stop staring, it's almost as if you are looking down at a struggling being.

Ordinary objects when composed properly are intriguing... and maybe even more fascinating when they aren't. The brain will try to establish order, and the connecting strings during that process create a statement, which I find the most interesting of all.

"I made a painting of a square. D'you notice it? Is it way too spare? Does it make you a little more aware..."

"Thinking toward an anonymous, autonomous multiplied communication program (virus).? Any visual system created must be likewise destroyed in the same stroke - parallel or multiplied on top: image eating type, type eating image, type eating type, messages contradicted by misinformation, information contracted by misfired slogans - broken, ripped off, stopped short. No element of the system stands alone to communicate te (mistake) the whole - every element of the system stands alone to communicate the hole, no new theories, no Timothy Leary. No design, nothing benign. Only cold hard resign. Meeting cannots in skinboats, killing them." (seen above on right)

I discovered this because I walk by every morning on the way to my internship. It touched me unlike any other exhibition I've ever seen.


Concept for S2 P2, Combination of Adjacent Apartments

Durable and delicate industrial forms harmonize to create an urban abstraction of a bicycle in the client's New York City apartment. The space is comprised of a series of overlapping fractal circular and triangular shapes, employing radial balance through connecting appendages of intricacy to a central area, maintaining an open loft style floor plan.

Evoking play, humor, and idiosyncrasy through childhood influenced whimsy, accents of primary colors are found in organic form throughout selected contemporary furniture and accessories. Materials include leather, metal, concrete, and rubber to maintain consistency with the inspiration source. The focus of the interior resides in the colors and forms of selected furniture along with unique textures applied in sculptural form, including vertically installed metal cables suggesting a bicycle's spokes. Dramatic and bold, the space serves as a collaboration meshing both the physiological associations and physical structure of an iconic vehicle of urbanity.


A Redesign for Queen Katherine

While I was back home in Florida over Crimbo hols, I redesigned my lovely younger sister Kate's bedroom. Her personality is the total opposite of mine, so it was quite a challenge for me to appease her desires with my design sense. Still fun nonetheless.

Kate and I decided to go with an eclectic Antiques-Meet-Ikea motif, unified by a tomato soup, orange, and soft pink color harmony. The ornate gold and crystal accents of the antiques and the repeated b&w graphic patterns placed together add contrast and variety to the space.

It was a great family activity actually, I highly recommend this method of family bonding. All 6 of us took a 2 hr road trip to Ikea and helped paint the walls, all the while listening to the 500 Days of Summer soundtrack. Great memories.

Closet door handles - Anthropologie
Even the most minute details need attention :)

I custom designed and built the wall sculpture behind Kate's bed. Notice how the subtle scalloped pattern of the crystal beads is repeated in the glass of the antique pink lamp, and the shade of the gold lamp.


Nobu, Project 1

Floorplan and Elevation of Wall, Selected Obj

Detail of rendered elevation and floor plan

The deliverable was to design a wall for a showroom based on a charity organization. The design was to be focused around a selected casepiece and accessories.

I chose to design for Invisible Children. In summary, the Invisible Children organization is comprised of loads of young artists and humanitarians working to promote awareness of war-affected Ugandan children. They work to tell the story of these children through films and photography, and also to bring about educational opportunity and technology.

Focusing on the opportunity and growth Invisible Children provides, I developed my concept into a "garden" motif, illustrating rebirth, growth, and prosperity. I believe design should be a commentary comparing and contrasting multiple elements, so I also wanted to incorporate the aspect of media and technology. Thus, "urban garden" was born.

The design began with the casepiece, the WrongWoods credenza by Richard Woods and Sebastian Wrong. The wood grain block print of the front surface is reminiscent of leaves. Selected accessories are an antique birdcage, wooden bird sculptures from the MoMa store, a wooden crate from MATTER, Peace and Love hand sculptures by Johnathan Adler, and a terrarium from Anthropologie. Inside the terrarium is a Nikon camera, a design metaphor for "growing awareness." I decided to arrange the accessories in a delicately haphazard way, almost unbalanced, like a wild plants. However, the linear, urban quality of the space serves as an adequate juxtaposition to re-instill proper order.

On the back wall, the colorblocked motif from the credenza is carried up and repeated in glass blocks. A custom designed film-strip sculpture intersects this, with inserted photographs taken by Invisible Children. Newsprint with a blue wash and lacquer cover serves as wallpaper, reminiscent of the sky. Flower sculptures comprised of recycled and stained water bottles are interspersed around the sculptures in a dynamic composition. A fiber-optic chandelier reaches down, connoting water running from the holes in a watering can, bring the space alive with its streams of light.

Incorporating the duality of organic concept and industrial design, an interactive and dramatic sophisticated garden captures the story of the enthusiasm of the Invisible Children organization.