Just Playing With Crayons
November 5, 2010 § Leave a comment
Last night, SOFA Chicago opened at Navy Pier with a preview party. This
year’s incarnation is an interesting show full of both great and mediocre
work from artist ranging from the very well known to the emerging. One thing
that struck me, especially as someone who 15 years ago felt more comfortable
in the “craft” world, is the great aesthetic distance between this sphere
and that of the “design” world. Not to suggest that there is no overlap,
there certainly is, but this show speaks more to the relationship between
artist and material than artist and a more current aesthetic dialog.
This all said, there were a few artists that were amazing. The highlight of
the show was Christian Faur‘s crayon pieces at Columbus Ohio’s Sherrie
Gallerie. He casts his own crayons and each piece is effectively a shallow
box full of crayons that he mounts to a wall. They are striking in their
concept and their execution ties these pieces together beautifully.