Posted on: Monday, May 29, 2006
Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500–2005, a feast of an exhibit currently on view at The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Manhattan, features several examples of fantastic flatware fueled by a hunger for organicism. Particularly striking are the one-of-a-kind utensils by Michele Oka Doner, Ted Muehling, and Claude Lalanne. 'Root System Burning', a floor-based candelabra not included in this exhibit, is a devout homage to gnarled root systems and fetishized driftwood. Seeds, branches, leaves, shells, and pods are always on the menu in Doner's vast repertoire of nature-based creations.
Michele Oka Doner's sculptural work can be viewed at http://www.micheleokadoner.com
(above image: Root System Burning, 2004, courtesy of the artist's website)
The artist is represented by the Marlborough Gallery in NYC. Go to http://www.marlboroughgallery.com
Feeding Desire at The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum is on view now through October 29, 2006