Trans...chair, Made by Estudio Campana, Brazil, 2007; Iron structure, wicker, plastic and rubber found objects
The fabulous boys from Brazil, the Campana Brothers, have co-curated a texturally rich and fiber fanciful exhibit as part of the Cooper Hewitt's next installment of guest curators hand-picking works from their historical permanent collection. 'The Campana Brothers Select' is a craft medley of works that support their vision of intricately woven and plaited objects, as per their Transplastic Chair series and other organic objects and installations. I love that the online exhibit demonstrates the categorization process of the Campanas by way of 'tags' that illustrate the selected works' genus and species, so to speak. This exhibition is on view until September 28, 2008 or you can visit the Cooper Hewitt's blog for a virtual tour of the 'Making Trans...chair' process.
Flask w/stopper, Possibly Asia, late 19th century; Glass, straw, cork
Bracelet, United States, ca. 1870; Hair, gold
Stencil: Kata-gami: Umbrellas, Water, and Pine Needle Clusters; Japan, 1780–1830; Mulberry paper, lacquer made from persimmon juice, human hair
Stencil: Kata-gami: Pine Needle Clusters; Japan, 1780–1830;
Mulberry paper, lacquer made from persimmon juice, human hair