Spectacular Vernacular, Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Rooms, Second floor
September 10th 2016 – January 10th 2017
Public Preview: September 16th 5pm – 8pm
Parsons & Charlesworth's first major solo exhibition at the Cultural Center's Chicago Rooms. Spectacular Vernacular journeys through curiosity, experimentation, applied design and speculation. It reveals the way we mix our craft and industrial design backgrounds with influences from fiction, science and the arts, to explore the rhetorical, as well as the practical opportunities of designed objects. In doing so it makes the case for independent design practice as a critical response and essential adjunct to the corporate design world, in which individual creativity can find appropriate form. As a result, in addition to objects and editions, the exhibition showcases many self-initiated and speculative projects that encourage reflection upon topical issues such as climate change, survival or rituals of mourning.
Throughout the development of the exhibition, Parsons & Charlesworth have been in conversation with writer Lee Anne Norman . Norman has authored an essay about their practice, which will be available at the exhibition and in a forthcoming publication.
Spectacular Vernacular is presented by The Chicago Cultural Center and The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
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