Design Dimensions

Dates:
1 June - 30 August, 2020
Location

111 10TH ST. S. SUITE 112, NAPLES, 34102

March 15, 2019 – Naples, FL – METHOD & CONCEPT is pleased to announce Design Dimensions, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Bower Studios and artist Matthew Shlian. The exhibition is on view March 28 – May 10, 2019. An opening reception will be held on March 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the gallery (26 10th St. S Naples, FL 34102).

Design Dimensions is an examination of depth, light, and self. Interweaving texture, tones, and multidimensionality, it is a marriage of masterful engineering and artistic inspiration that operates as insight into the interpretations of the viewer’s consciousness. Bower’s multifaceted mirrors and Shlian’s delicately sculpted paper speaks to how we spatially orient ourselves to our surroundings. The combination of art and design creates an interactive study of the way one makes sense of things; existing as a domain where the mind is continuously engaged.

Bower’s mirrors project a physical and metaphorical reflection, positing notions about perception and form. A mirror is a gateway to the soul, but when fashioned in a way that engages parts of the whole, it speaks more to what we choose to hide and reveal. As an ominous doorway, mirrors suggest possibilities; as an object, they display parts in more detail, a limited examination.

Shlian’s intricate paper sculptures contain a range of moods in their highlights and shadows, holding space and time within their nuanced depths, forcing us to reckon with both. His work is representative of a constant state of flux, encouraging focus and stillness. Merging Shilan’s innovative paper engineering with Bower’s experimental designs compels the viewer to immerse themselves into the exhibition, imparting the viewer with a multidimensional experience that challenges the way one expects to see.

BOWER is a New York City-based studio with a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary furniture and product design. With a focus on mirrors, they explore perceptions of depth, light and self. Through a free-thinking, experimental process, Bower aims to bring unexpected objects and environments into people’s lives, with reflections taking center stage. Of all the things we surround ourselves with every day, the mirror is most closely related to our consciousness—a humble technology for understanding ourselves. This defining spirit of discovery is present throughout their collections and is passed on to those who engage with a Bower design. Bower Studios is comprised of partners Danny Giannella, Tammer Hijazi and Jeffrey Renz.

MATTHEW SHLIAN is an artist and designer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His work extends from drawings to large scale installations and collaborations with leading scientists at the University of Michigan, where he is currently a visiting research scholar in the Department of Material Science. Using his skills as an engineer, Shilian’s recent work for the National Science Foundation makes nano-scale interpretations of macro-scale paper folding structures.

Featured works

Glass Block Reflection

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Sarah Baker

Art & Design Coordinator

Sarah Baker is inspired by artist studio practices and as the Art and Design Coordinator at METHOD & CONCEPT she is dedicated to supporting the creative process. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, Fine Art program, Sarah is active in the SWFL art & design culture and is an artist in her own right.Integrating her skillset at a maker with expertise and knowledge of fibers and textiles, Sarah collaborates with METHOD & CONCEPT teams to provide an informed experience for art collectors and interior design clients.

Yose Alonso

Associate Interior Designer

Yoselin Alonso is an Interior Designer who focuses on functional design and believes in constructing exclusive spaces that evoke emotion. Incorporating the unique diversity of each client, her design details are profound, ensuring one-of-a-kind personalized spaces. A graduate of University of Florida’s College of Design, Alonso harnesses conceptual and practical skills that bring spaces to life from planning and construction through to the finest of details. Having grown up around construction and design, Alonso is eager to make her mark in the design world as a part of the METHOD & CONCEPT team.

Amy Jensen

Gallery Manager

At METHOD & CONCEPT, Amy is a champion for artists and coordinates season exhibitions and special events as well as outreach and community projects working closely with artists, collectors and community partners. Drawing from an arts education and two decades of experience working in the arts and for non-profit institutions, Amy actively advocates for arts & culture and enhanced quality of life through her work as Gallery Manager for METHOD & CONCEPT and in the local community.

Chad Jensen

Creative Director & Managing Partner

Chad Jensen is an artist, furniture maker, designer, and the Founding Director of METHOD & CONCEPT. Jensen is a true advocate for the arts, his work and the gallery’s programming both demonstrate the symbiotic relationship between contemporary craft, fine art and design.

In 2013, Jensen launched METHOD & CONCEPT as a division of Thomas Riley Companies, to represent international emerging, mid-career and established artists and designers. Jensen has exhibited numerous artists including Matthew Shlian, Peter Zimmermann, Tadao Cern, Kim Keever and Arik Levy.

In addition to his work at METHOD & CONCEPT, Jensen is an active leader in Naples’ cultural landscape, placing monumental public art at The Collective and Sugden-Gomez building at Baker Park. He is the Founding Director and serves on the Executive Board of the Naples Design District and the United Arts Council of Collier County, where he served as president for two terms. Jensen also serves on the Advisory Board of Digital Media Design at Florida Gulf Coast University, where he is a frequent guest speaker, gallery juror and student mentor.

As an artist, he has exhibited at The Baker Museum in Naples, FL; Rudolf Budja Gallery, Miami; as well as Guinevere, London. He has participated in international art fairs such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, NY and the Shanghai Art Fair, China. In 2014, Jensen designed a limited-edition furniture collection that was presented during New York Design Week. Interior Design, Art Basel Guide and Casa da Abitare have featured his work.