Consume: Handcrafting L.A. Restaurant Design
The Craft in America Center is pleased to present Consume: Handcrafting L.A. Restaurant Design, an exhibition that will focus on handmade objects made by over 30 local artists for Southern California restaurants. The exhibition will feature all forms of items associated with food consumption, including: serving boards, dishware, glasses, lighting, and furnishings. Various media will be represented ranging from ceramics to wood to metal and more. The intersection of design, art, and craft to enhance dining will be the crux of this show.
Food was a motivational font for craft from its earliest origins. Craft has facilitated and elevated the act of cooking and consumption throughout history, from woven baskets to clay storage jars. Well-executed serving pieces and kitchen tools transform the edible experience and encourage us to stop and think about what we eat and how things taste. As creators of American material culture, craft makers design and build the relics of our everyday, modern world, and food is focal. Craft today plays a part in how we interact with food and deepens the ideology of sustainability and terroir.
We will host artist lectures and panel discussions over the course of the show in which we invite leading chefs and/or restaurateurs to dialogue with craft artists about their collaborations and the role of design and visual art in their industry. The exhibition and programs will explore the interdisciplinary nature of craft in restaurants today. The modern restaurant has become a landscape infused deeply with craft and setting for creative craft expression.
Irving Place Studio
Mt Washington Pottery
Objects for Others
Third Life Design
Objects found at restaurants including:
Church + State
Hinoki & the Bird
Support provided by Pasadena Art Alliance and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.