Art is all around us … and sometimes it’s under us.
“I hope that visitors to Bespoke come away with the realization that furniture should be more than big-box retail, flat-pack pieces that are used for a limited amount of time and then discarded,” said Josh Lunsford, who is curating MAINSITE Contemporary Art’s latest exhibit: Bespoke 2012: The MAINSITE Furniture and Lighting Show. “For me, furniture and lighting design, much like product design, is truly art.”
Furniture design is a form of art that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle between the visual and performing arts. Though more subtle, it still demands all the same artistry that a canvas work or sculpture does.
“We always say we should support local art and artists, but there was a huge segment of artists that I was running into who didn’t have the same support system,” Lunsford said. “I wanted to give artists and designers a place to show their work.”
The artists at Bespoke 2012 include Hunter Roth, Stan Carroll, V.B. Harlen, Jeremy Miller, Todd Graham, J.D. Clark, Eric Wright, Grant Lacquement, Tracey & Rick Bewley, Hans-Peter Wachter and Lunsford himself.
“Everyone in the show is from Oklahoma, and I want people to not only support these local artists in the show, but support all local artists, and then to tell their friends and relatives out-of-state that they should support them too,” Lunsford said. “There is so much talent that is going to be on display at this show that I really hope the artists come away feeling a lot of community support for their work.”
MAINSITE’s Water Closet Gallery will feature work from University of Oklahoma design students Max Duggan and Matt Magill.
The opening reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, October 12 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art in conjunction with October’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. The exhibit will run through November 17 with a closing reception on November 9 from 6 to 10 p.m.