FLORIDA WEEKLY: Method & Concept – Putting emerging and mid-career artists in the spotlight

published on September 12, 2019

Most of us were well aware of the talents and artistry of Thomas Riley Studio, an offshoot of Thomas Riley Artisans’ Guild, one of the area’s most respected fine woodwork and finishes crafters.

Under the supervision of founding director Chad Jensen, the studio re-branded itself to Method & Concept, a gallery/design atelier/art consultancy. To speak with Mr. Jensen — a world-class artist, furniture maker and designer — is to be lifted into an engaging, educational experience about art, artists and design that leaves you almost as passionate about the subject as he is.

Method & Concept focuses on the contemporary side of things, specializing in emerging and mid-career artists.

“We are interested in the ‘what’s next?’ part of contemporary art,” Mr. Jensen says. “We really love that market segment of artists and designers because they tend to be very explorative with their mediums and materials. They tend to still be developing their voice and really growing into their work.

“And as artists and designers ourselves, and with the background of having a parent company with 30 years of history as a premiere provider of architectural interiors nationwide, we have an interesting way of working with our artists.”

That means not only through helping them by showcasing their work, but also by supporting them creatively —perhaps by building custom pedestals or bases or thinking of ways to showcase their talents in ways the artists themselves might not.

The current exhibit, “Design Dimensions,” features mirrors by Bower Studios as well as works by 10 other artists. It’s a perfect example of the kind of work available through the gallery: These are price-point accessible pieces of cutting-edge, investment quality work.

Mr. Jensen calls the artists “the next secondary blue chip artists,” and while profit can never be guaranteed, he says, many of the works highlighted at the gallery have seen an uptick in value. “What we are really proud of is advocating for these artists,” he adds.

Among some of the current artists available: Dylan Martinez, Matthew Shlian, Scott Daniel, Dana Roes, Jason Krugman, Pamela Sunday, Kate Silvio, Ysabel Lemay, Carmelo Blandino, Tadao Cern, Hugh Davies, Jamie Harris, Lyes and Joshua Wojick. Mr. Jensen’s work is also on display. ¦

— Method & Concept 26 10th St. South (but moving early next year to a much larger space at The Collective, 111 10th St. South) 239- 529-2633

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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. He 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 established METHOD & CONCEPT under the umbrella of Thomas Riley Companies, merging his advocacy for the arts with his innate talent for making and designing. Today, the gallery represents over 20 independent fine artists worldwide, while the design team showcases an impressive portfolio ranging from bespoke furniture pieces to legacy estates on the Gulf of Mexico and secluded private island homes.

Jensen’s professional career now spans more than 25 years in art, furniture, interiors, and architecture. He is an internationally exhibited artist and designer, participating in exhibitions from The Baker Museum-Naples to ICFF-New York and Shanghai Art Fair-China. His work has been published in Interior Design Magazine, Art Basel Guide-Miami, and Casa da Abitare-China, he was also recently named a Top 100 Business Leader by Naples Illustrated Magazine, and one of Gulfshore Life Magazine’s Men & Women of the Year for his unwavering advocacy for arts and culture.

Recognized as an active leader for Arts & Culture in Southwest Florida, Jensen is a Founding Director of the Naples Design District, where he continues to serve on the Executive Board, helping to lead the charge on public art and community initiatives. He is a Past President & Current Advisory Board Member of United Arts Collier (UAC) / Current Art Gallery Advisory Board Member - Florida Gulf Coast University / Current Advisory Board Member - Naples Illustrated Magazine / Frequent Guest Speaker & Juror - Florida Gulf Coast University / Past Advisory Board Member for Accreditation of Digital Media Design - Florida Gulf Coast University.