- Category: WAN Art Blog
- Published on Friday, 22 May 2009 16:42
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On May 19th I visited the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It was not only an informative experience (I work at a tile and stone workshop with architects and designers) but an interesting insight into the strife between art and functionality.
When creating a piece of art, usually some planning goes into the choice of colors, the balance of lines and the angles of perspective and light. When creating a piece that will be part of someone’s home not only as a visual asset but as a functional object as well, some different challenges arise. These are the kind of places where trends explode, and observing them one can find certain similarities between art and decorative art trends.
Take a look at some of Amy Helfand works:
Based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Amy is creative enough and (still) small enough to still take real risks with her color and design, challenging the line between fine art and decoration. You can check more of her work at www.amyhelfand.com.
Lizzie Allen's booth was another refresher that reached back to childhood. A young Brit inspired by a nostalgia for A.A. Milne and more innocent days, her bespoke wallpaper patterns evoke whimsical scenes outside Buckingham Palace or around London City:
After seeing these works and many more at the show, I felt that often high brow line of "art" being crossed back and forth by the many artists that filled this room. It was a great experience.