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A Collective Designs “Funktional” Objects that Combine Fine Art and the Everyday

Con Artist Collective promises to showcase work that combines the “tenuous space between fine art and the everyday.”

Max Taylor, clock. Taylor provided a work of his usual style, with the added functionality of a timepiece (image courtesy of Con Artist Collective)
Max Taylor’s clock adds functionality to his art (image courtesy of Con Artist Collective)

This week, Con Artist Collective launches Funktional Art, a showcase that combines the “tenuous space between fine art and the everyday.” The show looks at the ways in which imagination and functionality intersect. The artists in this shop showcase include Max Taylor, Rute Ventura, Viv Aquino, and Mieko Kawasaki.

Mieko Kawasaki, jewelry (image courtesy of Con Artist Collective)
Mieko Kawasaki, jewelry (image courtesy of Con Artist Collective)

Taylor recently joined Con Artist Collective, and he works with experimental screen printing. Ventura is a long-time collaborator with the collective. She was born in Lisbon but studied art in New York. Aquino is a headpiece designer and photographer, and Kawasaki is a textile and jewelry designer from Tokyo who moved to New York in 2016. Other artists in the showcase include Shame on You, Squidbath, and Michael Littman. All the artists appear to share a spirit of experimentation that contributes to the allure of this hybrid space.

Funktional Art opened on August 13 and continues until August 17. There will be a gallery party on the evening of Wednesday, August 15. As Con Artist Collective writes on its website, “Come witness art and function at its finest.”

When: August 13–17, with a gallery party Wednesday, August 15, 7–11pm
Where: Con Artist Collective & Gallery (119 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

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