“Temple of Manufacturing” Exhibition

Storefront for Art and Architecture

poster for “Temple of Manufacturing” Exhibition

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In our current interdependent global economy, the designations “Designed by X,” “Made by X,” “Manufactured by X,” “Made in X,” and “Product of X” are increasingly complex. While their origins are based in trade agreements and intellectual property rights, they also carry weight as symbols of economic protectionism, human exploitation, and ecological malpractice, among other issues.

Recently, we have witnessed the re-emergence of more “localized” forms of production. Handmade items, arts and crafts, and light manufacturing have made a resurgence in our contemporary product-based markets. Among the reasons for this include responses against the perils of global mass production, reactions to the consumerist philosophies of the 80s and 90s, and the preservation of manufacturing processes and their associated identities of place. Combined with increasing preferences and desires for “artisanal” and “local” goods, these phenomena have changed the way we make things.

Traveling to remote sites around the world, COMPANY (comprised of Aamu Song and Johan Olin) has collaborated over the last decade with a variety of communities to rethink the processes of making embedded in these places. Applying this knowledge to new and unexpected designs, COMPANY’s work creates an intersection between the mastery of traditional technique and the invention of a new personal and poetic object-specific vocabulary.

With an installation of frescos alongside process drawings, research, and new composite objects, Temple of Manufacturing transforms Storefront’s gallery space into a place of sacredness, reflecting the spirit that the duo encountered in sites of production throughout their journey.

“Designed by COMPANY,” “Made by COMPANY,” “Manufactured by COMPANY,” “Made with COMPANY,” and “Product of COMPANY,” the works presented in this exhibition are built with love and shared with everyone, maintaining a sense of playfulness with an eye toward the ethics of production and global design culture.

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from June 06, 2017 to August 05, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-06-06 from 19:00 to 21:00

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