The Department of Art & Art History is pleased to present Breakfast is on the Universe where nine artists from the Joint Program in Design feature their new works, ranging from large-scale sculpture to interactive installations that challenge notions of usefulness and uselessness as a state of being. As curators Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine say, “These object makers ask us to rethink our relationship to seemingly common objects and materials. The nine works in this exhibition consider the complicated relationship between the hand of the maker and the hand of the holder of the object.”
The participating artists include Justin Fraga, Prat Ganapathy, Minjeong Kim, Eugene Korsunskiy, Alejandro Palandjoglou, Aaron Peck, Mark Rogers, Jules Sherman, and Kyle Williams.
In his sculpture Modern Stress Relief, Justin Fraga explores a future scenario for product design where undesirable qualities are eliminated, the annoying discomfort of exertion is phased out and the threat of unsanitary physical contact is abolished.
Prat Ganapathy is fascinated with layers and curious about what lay beneath the surface. Obsessed with the way paper interacts and behaves when folded or stacked, and influenced by how change (from having moved around growing up) and superheroes played a big part in his life, he creates a timeline with a set of wall posters in his work In super-powers we trust.
In Water Station, where drops of water fall and slowly accumulate in a drinking cup, Minjeong Kim investigates what happens to the art-making process when a single element of complication is introduced to a mundane configuration. In this piece, the element of height is introduced to the construction of a simple water dispenser.
One of Eugene Korsunskiy’s favorite activities is playing. This is manifested in his work Untitled, where he crumples a sheet of tracing paper the size of a room into a ball and allows the viewer to tear off a piece to keep.
Passionate about soccer and “making things” from his childhood, Alejandro Palandjoglou creates the Foosmill Table, a foosball table that is played with power drills. In this interactive work, the rival is a computer connected to spinning motors and servos that spin the players continuously like windmills.
Aaron Peck, a roboticist turned designer, is interested in giving meaning to devices through intelligent movement, form, and sound. His Creating Silence is a sound sculpture where noise is created by a covert sound system.
A product designer focused on human centered innovation, Mark Rogers creates Night Fire, a reflective backpack cover that allows cyclists to be seen at night and feel great about the way they look.
With the birth of her first child in 2010, Jules Sherman became passionate about designing products and services that enhance communication among parents, children, and their caregivers. Her work entitled Messenger Monkey is a toy/device that allows parents to send voice memos to their child any time of the day through their iPhone.
Kyle Williams’ Heartwood, or What’s for Breakfast is an exercise in gift giving as a way to revisit his woodturning heritage and reconnect with his past by manipulating the trees of his present. His work of fictional tools turned from Stanford eucalyptus and oak are displayed on a pedestal; names and uses for these tools are submitted to a ballot box. Williams then gives each object away to the viewer who proposes the best name and function for that piece.