223-225 West 10th Street – New York, New York
May 14, 2016 – July 02, 2016
Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings is pleased to announce the newest exhibition at the West 10th Window: Forrest Lewinger, Workaday.
Workaday is an installation of handmade ceramic elements, many of them functional objects such as stools and bowls, which have been stripped of their function: stacked, flipped, and piled to push the limits of the West 10th Window’s small space. Each element is hand painted in a range of colors and designs that create compelling layers of texture and detail. Lewinger’s practice moves seamlessly between sculpture and design. Playful art historical references, such as the liberal use of International Klein Blue, demonstrate the artist’s successful confrontation of traditional barriers. This challenge is also present in the atmosphere and environment of Workaday. Lewinger pushes the West 10th Window to expand by filling its small footprint with overlarge elements that strain against the physical constraints of the space. Lewinger’s play with scale imposes a familiar sensation on the viewer: that of Alice in Wonderland’s growing body being pushed against the walls of a small house after eating a magic cake that makes her grow. Workaday is also a study of labor and work; the functional sixteen hour clock represents a dream of more time that many yearn for, while calling attention to the time crunches, pressures, and expectations of a busy life.
Forrest Lewinger was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in Athens, Georgia. He received his MFA in Social Practices from the California College of the Arts in San Fransisco. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York where he creates functional objects under the name Workaday Handmade. Forrest’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, MOCA LA, Root Division in San Francisco, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. As Workaday Handmade he has created ceramic objects that are carried by boutiques and retailers around the US and internationally such as Barney’s New York, Le Bon Marche in Paris, and Mociun in Brooklyn, as well as museums shops such as the Harvard Museum of Art, the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Menil Collection in Houston. His work has been featured in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Vogue, Modern Painters and Elle Decor, among others.
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The West 10th Street Window is curated by Natalie Diaz and Jennie Lamensdorf and is sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Program. TEI is committed to enriching the experience of our properties through the Art-in-Buildings Program, an innovative approach that brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for our building occupants, residents, and their guests.
Learn more about Forrest Lewinger’s work on his website!