We proudly showcase the work of local artists whose work relates to playful design. We tie in our drop-in activities + class curriculum to reflect the artist’s methods, shapes and materials to inspire our Minni Artists and give them a taste of the working artist process.
July 12–September 29
“Feeling Feelings” is an artistic representation of a spectrum of emotions and their accompanied colors by artist + designer Elodie Blanchard. In this series of drawings Elodie uses a combination of ink and gouache to reinvent emotions with inspiration from color wheels and emojis. Her bright color palette and humorous interpretation of human feelings invites the viewer to participate in a serious kind of play.
About Elodie Blanchard
Born in Grenoble, France in 1976, Blanchard studied sculpture at l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris, fashion at l’Ecole des Arts Appliqués Duperré, where she explored the material intelligence of textiles, and performance at CalArts, where she collaborated with musicians and dancers. She established her design studio in 2005, and over the course of her career, collaborated with numerous architects, designers, and brands, developing textile collections and working on large scale works for public spaces, institutions, residences, offices, and hotels, in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston and abroad. She was most recently Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
Through material exploration, repurposing, and a near meditative process of repetition, she transforms the discarded and the commonplace into fantastical objects and playful environments that give us permission to explore our ambiguous relationship to nature, to others and to ourselves.
Ryan and Kimberly Habbyshaw
“Continuous Gradation” features work by designer duo Ryan and Kimberly Habbyshaw of Loyal Union in Somerville, MA. Bold circle prints form a continuous gradation across a backdrop of pristine white walls, illustrating the scalability of art + design.
Larger + Smallish
Suzy Pilgrim Waters
“Larger + Smallish” presents bold shapes and, in Susy’s own words, “adventures in paint.” Susy is inspired by the boldness of nature and the contrasting elements of urban architecture, both of which she re-interprets with abstract forms and diverse hues.