Today’s Pop is Laura. A very valuable member of our team. We’re talking MVP pick here.
Remember that old joke where the confused bloke thoughtfully ponders the light switch or fire extinguisher in the modern art gallery? Well, not so funny now.
Konstantin Grcic, industrial designer par excellence, has emptied a head filled with car bumpers, tents, batteries and brooms into the Serpentine Gallery, for his exhibition ‘Design Real‘ which opened this week. ‘Design Real’ is curated by Grcic but includes none of his own work. It is made up of the everyday designs that inspire him; an airplane seat, wind turbine, fish lure, a ceramic hob and shears… you get the idea. Collectively these things are intended as a reflection on the design innovations that don’t normally find themselves atop pedestals – these aren’t the kind of objects we usually see in an art gallery and that, of course, is the point. That the Serpentine Gallery (who has never shown design before) chose industrial design over some exotic limited editions shows what big old cahunas they (probably Hans Ulrich Obrist) have and how on the money they are. It’s a refreshing show. I found myself getting excited by a Volvo tail light – who’d have known. And there’s a great dedicated website too!
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