It comes greater than 40 years after American sculptor JB Blunk offered the seminal solo exhibition of his profession, 100 Plates Plus, which noticed him produce an array of each useful and sculptural works.
Exhibition curator Mariah Nelson, who’s Blunk’s daughter, was excited about how this format allowed scope for a variety of attainable design outcomes.
“My father loved how the parameters of the plate format offered alternatives to push and pull on the constraints,” she stated, writing within the present’s catalogue.
“100 Hooks continues this exhibition idea, however brings collectively the work of a mess of artists and designers all responding to the identical temporary in very alternative ways.”
100 Hooks is essentially the most formidable present that Blunk Area has staged since opening in 2021, as a part of the JB Blunk Property in Level Reyes Station.
The thought to concentrate on hooks was prompted by a house-warming present Nelson obtained from London-based couple designer Martino Gamper and artist Francis Upritchard.
“After I moved into my new house in East London a number of years in the past, my pals Martino Gamper and Francis Upritchard stopped by with a bottle of champagne and a brass hook Martino made,” she recalled.
“Their handwritten card stated, ‘Each home wants a hook’. It is true.”
“Hooks are a commonplace, usually understated and infrequently missed design object, which is why we determined to ask 100 artists to make one (or three) and see what occurred,” she added.
The outcomes embrace all kinds of responses, constituted of every kind of various supplies.
British duo Wilkinson & Rivera crafted an irregular picket hook from offcuts of British ash, whereas California-based Ava Woo Kaufman made hers utilizing cotton paper and watercolour paint.
Brazilian sculptor Nadia Yaron used raspberry alabaster, walnut, copper and brass for her flower-like hook, whereas a easy peg hook by Los Angeles-based Commune Studio is constituted of bronze plated with 24K gold.
Some designs are extremely useful in kind, just like the metal hooks of Jon Harrison or the colorful circles of Fabien Cappello.
The extra summary works embrace a moulded clay piece by Keita Matsunaga and a womb-like design by Kentaro Kawabata.
Physique elements have been a typical theme. Artist Jessia Thornton Murphy based mostly her design on a hand, whereas ceramicist Woody De Othello included an ear.
Noses characteristic too, in a colored borosilicate design by London-based glassmaker Jochen Holz and a Pinocchio-esque work by California-based artist John Gnorski.
Different recognisable shapes and objects embrace a ceramic plate by designer Michael Marriott, a dangling coat by dressmaker Erica Toogood, cookies by chef Nellie Stark and an eggplant by sculptor Grace Sachi Troxell.
The present is accomplished by two JB Blunk designs from the Seventies, together with a phallic hook constituted of a redwood department.
100 Hooks is on present at Blunk Area from 16 December 2023 to 11 February 2024. See Dezeen Events Guide for extra structure and design occasions world wide.