Open for Interpretation
We have a lot of ideas about Open. But we’re, well, Open to more. So we asked a collection of multidisciplinary artists to show us what Open means to them.
Open Hand / Warm Heart
“To me the piece is about being open with yourself and welcoming to others in order to reach one’s full potential. The work features a variety of symbols related to hope, growth, and hard work composed as a still life arrangement that embodies the strength and warmth of the human spirt, and hopefully expresses a sense of inclusivity and optimism.”
Transform 1 of 2
A visual manifesto which speaks to the potential of imagination, creativity and teamwork to transform something from useless to useful. Beyond upcycling, this project is an exploration of how open thinking can build new ideas out of the unexpected, and how the mundane can become extraordinary through unintended applications. Instead of making finished, beautiful objects that hide their junk-ish origins, we sought to make furniture pieces that showcase their scrappy parts — Mad Max Modernism.
We began by collecting discarded items around the studio: old parts from our studio build-out. We staked out the dumpsters in our building, where we found a pile of old Ikea legs and some construction fencing. And luckily, a friend of ours at a nearby woodworking shop was getting rid of a bunch of leftover pieces. Thanks Fernandoz.
In order to get a better sense of what we had to work with, we organized all our findings by type, size and color.
We experimented and played with different forms and structures. We thought about what kind of furniture we wanted to make.
We thought it’d be funny to make our own interpretations of iconic modernist chairs, so we chose two that we love and seemed to work with the materials on hand: the Prouvé Standard chair and the Breuer Cesca chair. The construction mesh stood in well for “caning” on the Breuer chair (and is probably a lot stronger!).
Infinite Part 2 of 2
When we sat down as a team to brainstorm this project, the first thing we did was make a list of about a hundred words that we associate with the word OPEN. We called this our “Glossary of Open”. This got us thinking: the interpretations of this word are almost infinite. Everyone can have their own way of seeing it — and it defies fixed meaning. Like a mobius strip, once you think you’ve defined it, you turn around and have another idea of what it could be. To that end, open can be...
Jamey Williams, youth speaks
“I wanted to explore advice that could remind people to be open. I thought about how when some people get angry they shut down and refuse to talk about what's bothering them. In those spaces, I remember that forcing myself to speak makes it a lot easier to accept the problem.”
D'mani Thomas, youth speaks
“I think of ‘open’ as less of a forced action to create a better environment, and more of a process of learning and doing what you can in the moment. The moment expressed in the piece doesn't go as smoothly as expected, but it is an example of what both parties could try as they grow through it.”
Magic Tricks & Blood Clots
Leila Motley, youth speaks
“The most important thing to remember about being open is to approach others with love, even when you believe there is no reason for connection. It is so much easier to dismiss each other than it is to find a bond or kindness within someone who is hard to understand.”