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Floor Plan: Egawa-Zbryk, Kim Faler, Michael Fujita, Dan Funderburgh, Brian Giniewski, Gary Kachadourian and Tom Lauerman
March 15, 2013 - May 5, 2013
March 15th marks the opening of the tenth exhibition hosted at Plug Projects’ exhibition space, titled “Floor Plan”. Floor Plan features works that blur the lines between design and art object, mixing the two purposefully to create a space that mimics a deconstructed living space. Elements of the room will include lighting, seating, wallpaper, carpet, vases, etc…some of the components are conceptual design pieces, others are representations of functional objects found in the world of fine art. This show will demonstrate a relationship and conversation between functional design and formal art practice, as well as create a surprising and uncanny environment for visitors to the exhibition.
Egawa-Zbryk is a collaborative team comprised of Rie Egawa and Burgess Zbryk, who specialize in furnishings that push the boundaries of design. Their design aesthetic draws inspiration from mid century modern and contemporary influences, combined with a sense of whimsy. Egawa-Zbryk are local to Kansas City, and have been featured locally and nationally in numerous noted art and design publications and exhibitions, and are past recipients of the Charlotte Street Visual Arts Award. www.egawazbryk.com
Kim Faler’s use of material shifts the perspective of the viewer, transforming the familiar into absurdist disruptions of the everyday. This brings the objects and installations she creates into new context, forcing a reconsideration of their physical/formal properties. Among other accolades, Kim is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell grant, a Fulbright Scholarship, and has been exhibited internationally, most recently including the DeCordova Biennial. She is represented by LaMongtagne Gallery in South Boston. www.kimfaler.com
Michael Fujita’s piece, “Rise/Run”, is composed of broken porcelain and wood that mimics the profile and aesthetic of a staircase. Michael (a 2005 graduate of Kansas City Art Institute) boasts an MFA from Alfred University in Ceramics, and was the 2009-10 Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellow at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. He is continuing his tenure at The Clay Studio as a Resident Artist. www.michaelfujita.com Dan Funderburgh, a 2001 graduate of the University of Kansas, has since moved to Brooklyn and maintains a career in high-end conceptual surface design. Dan’s work combines an obsession with historical decor and a love for the utilitarian and everyday objects. Dan’s wallpapers have been featured at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Pulse Miami, and are part of the Cooper-Hewitt museum’s permanent collection. www.danfunderburgh.com
Brian Giniewski’s objects and photos are hybrids that embrace both the “precision of mechanization and the vulnerability of the hand”. Skill and craftsmanship are evident in either case. Via an obsession with process and materials, Brian’s work integrates influences in history, modernity, and the value of objects. Brian has an MFA from Cranbrook (2009), and has been featured in Color & Color magazine(volume 3) and New American Paintings(issue #77). www.brianginiewski.com
Gary Kachadourian specializes in the full-scale trompe l’oel reproduction of banal environments and objects. In Floor Plan, Gary will be converting a corner of the Plug gallery into an immersive living room, complete with a ceiling and carpeted floor. Gary’s accomplishments include a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, a 2011 Baker Artist Award winner, and a solo exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He is lauded as one of Baltimore’s most beloved artists, known for public installations of his work throughout the city.www.garykachadourian.com
Tom Lauerman’s small scale sculptures are an exploration of the intersection of sculpture, craft, and design. By merging the most modern and most traditional fabrication and craft techniques and materials, Tom’s contemporary shapes echo abstracted familiar forms, but act as self contained objects devoid of function. Tom’s work has been exhibited widely including recent exhibitions in Berlin, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He’s participated in the ClayArch residency in South Korea, the Kohler Arts/industry Residency, and the Pilchuck Glass School, and is a recipient of the Horizon Award from the American Craft Museum. Tom is currently an Assistant Professor at Penn State University. www.tomlauerman.com