above: divider (2011) jonathan muecke
Volume Gallery launches its fourth series with a collection of new works from Jonathan Muecke, titled Open Objects. Opening reception on April 30th from 6-8PM, Chicago, IL.
Open Objects represents Jonathan Muecke’s first solo exhibition, comprised of eight objects. The individual objects designed for Volume Gallery, were developed independent of each other. Rather than a collection, Muecke considers each object its own project, the result being that each object is consistent to its counterparts only in its potential – “a quality that is itself immeasurable”.
Leaving all to interpretation, Open Objects is a comprehensive study of each object’s unique qualities, and dissection of their definition. Muecke’s projects are a reflection of the common forms of design and continue to study the meta-object. His projects demand examination. It is within this confrontation, between viewer and object, that development of new thought on functionality and materiality lives. Utilizing materials such as coal slag, glass sand, carbon fiber and gold foil, each piece removes our limitations of understanding and encourages the viewer to engage and interact, rather than react to the object.
above: frame (2011) jonathan muecke
“Principally, objects present limits– figured in function/process/material/form/idea and so on. In this case objects are measured to each variable and equally fixed in the variables. In this normal and productive way objects are figured backwards. My interest is going forward – remaining inconclusive to the terms of measurement. In this way potential remains in an object.”
Jonathan Muecke operates around the edge of design; he emphasizes each object’s conceptual purpose and universal meaning. Open Objects is his continual practice to un-define objects while defining something larger. Each object is restrained and composed in design, raw and visionary in intent. Each project in Open Objects is firmly tied together with the strong visual language that is inimitable, unique and undeniable.
Jonathan Muecke was born in 1983 in Cody, Wyoming. He works from his studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota since his graduation from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010 where from 2009-10 he was the Florence Knoll scholar. In 2006 he received a Bachelors of Architecture from Iowa State University followed in 2007 by an internship at the architectural office of Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland. In July of 2010 the jury of the Design Parade 5 (Hyéres, France) assigned him the Veuve Clicquot Award. His field of work circulates around the periphery of design.
Volume Gallery is an event-based gallery with a specific focus on American design, particularly emerging contemporary designers. Founded by Claire Warner and Sam Vinz, formerly of Wright Auction, Volume Gallery releases editions, publications and exhibits that showcase the work of American designers to regional, national and international audiences.
For additional information and picture inquires: Sam Vinz 414 841 3003 | sam at wvvolumes dot com
Volume Gallery Presents
Jonathan Muecke: Open Objects
Exhibition date: April 30 – May 15 | 11 AM – 6 PM daily
Reception: Saturday April 30 | 6-8 PM
Exhibition Location: 328 S Jefferson Street Chicago IL
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