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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014

May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

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Sep162013

FORM Culture: Fouladi Projects' Makers

Paris-based ceramist Claire DeLavallee's work appears in the window at Fouladi Projects. Her pieces are some of the first to be included in the gallery's Maker Program exhibitions. Image courtesy Fouladi Projects.

For the past 10 years, Fouladi Projects has been exhibiting the work of a wide range of artists at its San Francisco gallery. Recently, the gallery, under founder Alexandra Holly Fouladi, introduced the Maker Program. Now, exhibitions featuring the work of functional artists will rotate with shows for fine artists. "The Maker Program," says Fouladi, "allows us to share the work of amazing artists and encourages us to bring the work into our lives— the integration of art and life." Intrigued by the new endeavor, we spoke with the gallerist about the program and the relationship between fine and functional art. 

Do you see the line between fine art and functional art blurring?

Yes, because I've seen the lines between "fine art" and "craft" being blurred for a while now, and the reasons that segregated them from the start are becoming less and less important. While craft is a much closer cousin to functional art than it is to fine art, they all stem from design and so the degrees of separation among all of the categories are shrinking. 

Will that line ever be completely blurred?

It's possible but unlikely. The tradition of putting fine art on a pedestal has deep roots and it would be hard to yank them out entirely. 

How much are you contributing to the blurring of that line?

By showcasing works in the gallery that are traditionally categorized as "fine art" (drawings, paintings, sculpture, etc.) alongside "functional art" (ceramics, glass, furniture, etc.) we are highlighting that they can compliment each other and need not be segregated. In fact, they can enhance each other, and it is sometimes it is difficult to tell one from the other . . . DeLavallee's a ceramic vase that cannot hold water; Esque's hand-sculpted glass birds; fine artist Bill Culbert's suitcase with florescent.

How do you choose the participants in the maker program? What are you looking at in particular?

In a similar way that we choose our fine artists. We are drawn to makers that have a mastery of the chosen medium, a compelling process and a unique design sensibility. 

Are there any themes going in the world of functional art at the moment?

There is a lot of people working with wood. But no one does it like Paul Disco/Joinery Structure! Ceramics has also has been enjoying the spotlight for a while now. I think we will see more nostalgia for lost crafts to balance out the disconnect people feel for living in a increasingly digital world. 

Will fashion play into future maker shows?

I hope so! We have a few artists on our list from the fashion world that we are considering right now!

 

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