Location College for Creative Studies Valade Gallery, Detroit, MI
Overview The exhibition documents the “Revolution” that started transforming design in the mid 1980’s. The then new digital tools and a shift in the perceived role of design within the culture informed the designer’s radically new visual solutions. Elements of theory and the use of digital as the medium decidedly changed the surface of the artifact but not the vehicle, ink on paper.
“Evolution” includes recent work by invited designers where the invisible, the underlying system, is as important as the visible. There are a number of ways this is manifest among the approaches demonstrated by the designers listed. Equally important to a segment of the work is how user involvement allows for constantly changing, mutable solutions. The designer creates the parameters and the user creates endless variations.
Curators Doug Kisor, Susan Laporte, Matt Raupp and Chad Reichert
Evolution: Invited designers
Peter Bilak Hansje van Halem Jonathan Harris E. Roon Kang Luna Mauer LUST Chris Milk Monikor Trapped in Suburbia Underware Danny Yount
Revolution: A partial list of selected designers
Caryn Aono David Carson Studio Dunbar Ed Fella Dan Friedman April Grieman Allen Hori Zuzana Licko P. Scot Makela Kathy McCoy Richard Niessen Rick Valicenti Bob Van Dijk Rudy VanderLans Wolfgang Wiengart