MoreLand 2017 was a collaborative curatorial project with Iris Eichenberg and supported by Simone DeSousa’s EDITION Gallery in Detroit, Michigan. MoreLand 2017 took its inspiration from an essential community stronghold, a site of function, curiosity and learning: the hardware store. MoreLand 2017 continued a long-tested assertion that in the right hands, objects that are useful and practical can also be thoughtful, evocative and poetic.
For MoreLand 2017, 24 art, craft, and designed-based makers were invited to reimagine the things they love in hardware stores. While the makers were international (seven countries represented), MoreLand 2017 revealed a universal love for what is straightforward, functional and direct. Some of the objects were truly of use, others only reminded us of function. All of them showed the artist’s deep affection for hardware stores. In their hands, simple objects - funnels, dustpans, sponges, saw-horses, door stops - were remade, revealing their subtle beauties and hidden possibilities. MoreLand 2017 was a collection of good, useful, crafted design. It was also a connection to an international community of new and established makers. And it was a reminder of how modest everyday objects can delight and endure.
Participating artists included: Berg + Berg (Iris Eichenberg and Alberte Tranberg), Kat Burdine, Eunji Choi, Terry Conrad, Fabio J. Fernández, Chitra Gopalakrishnan, Ken Gray, Gésine Hackenberg, Esther Knobel, Travis Lewis, Myra Mimlitsch Gray, Eija Mustonen, Gitte Nygaard, Suzanne Pugh, Alexis Richards, Ellie Richards, Nadège Roscoe-Rumjahn, Jovencio de la Paz, David Schafer / Studio Make, Robert Turek, Sarah Turner, Studio Gorm (John and Wonhee Arndt).
October 21 - December 23, 2017
Simone DeSousa Gallery / EDITION
444 W. Willis, Units 111 & 112
Detroit, MI 48201