Thursday, January 17, 2008

Karim Rashid, Pauline Ireland Visiting Artist at UAB

The UAB Department of Art and Art History will be hosting a visit by world-renowned industrial designer Karim Rashid on February 7th and 8th. His visit is part of the ongoing Pauline Ireland Visiting Artists Series, which has, to date, hosted Peter Halley, John Waters, and Laurie Anderson.

His visit will coincide with an exhibition of his designs, as well as sixteen large-scale digital paintings, at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery.

Karim Rashid will present a lecture, which is free and open to the public, on Thursday, February 7th, at 5:30 PM, with a benefit dinner to follow. The following evening, Friday, February 8th, he will be the guest at an exhibition opening from 5 – 8 PM.

What is so unique about his visit is that it reflects the ongoing convergence of contemporary art and design, with the corollary blurring of the distinctions between the two. Formerly a topic of heated debate, it seems now, more often than not, that contemporary design is both as respected, and as desirable, as contemporary art.

For evidence of this ongoing phenomenon one need look no further than Design Miami which is now concurrent with the plethora of contemporary art fairs taking place in early December. Furthermore, design galleries are emerging in Chelsea, design writing is becoming more mainstream, and designers themselves are taking on the challenges of developing innovative products for a mass market culture.

The image is Blob01 by Karim Rashid and is used by permission.

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