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40 under 40: Craft Futures

Not so long ago I went to the Renwick Gallery  for the exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures (July 20, 2012 – February 3, 2013) The collection of contemporary artists was simply amazing and these are some of the pieces I found really interesting. You can see  the entire collection here->

More about the exhibition:
40 under 40: Craft Futures features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery. The exhibition investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture.
All of the artworks selected for display in the exhibition were created since Sept. 11, 2001. This new work reflects the changed world that exists today, which poses new challenges and considerations for artists. These 40 artists are united by philosophies for living differently in modern society with an emphasis on sustainability, a return to valuing the hand-made and what it means to live in a state of persistent conflict and unease.

OlekKnitting is for Pus**** 2005-2011 Mixed media, 100% acrylic yarn Room: 16 x 14 ft.

Olek
Knitting is for Pus****
2005-2011
Mixed media, 100% acrylic yarn
Room: 16 x 14 ft.

Jen StarkPower of Being 2011 Paper, wood

Jen Stark
Power of Being
2011
Paper, wood

Erik Demaine and Martin DemaineGreen Balance 2011 Mi-Teintes watercolor paper

Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine
Green Balance
2011
Mi-Teintes watercolor paper

Shawn SmithBetween 1 and 0 2011 Plywood, acrylic paint, ink.

Shawn Smith
Between 1 and 0
2011
Plywood, acrylic paint, ink.

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