San Francisco, CA
Enter Raw Design, an equal and opposite move to the physical. Many designers are “tooling down,” finding new, often low-tech ways to make objects that are both inventive and aesthetic. They are working as experimentalists, pushing past the idea of materiality as something to be shaped, and instead embracing it as the primary medium of their creativity. This tendency, which has been growing organically for a few years now, is not just an opposition movement or an escapist gesture. Gaetano Pesce is an exploration of modes of working, often finding inspiration from science, though it is typically carried out in a DIY spirit.
This capsule exhibition presents some of today’s exciting younger talents working in this direction, as well as long-established figures who anticipated today’s concerns, such as Gaetano Pesce. Also included are raw materials such as minerals, leathers, and pigment. These non-designed objects play off the other works conceptually, provoking viewers to consider acts of design in a broader material context.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.