Like the tradition of building ships inside a bottle, artist Jim Dingilian etches meticulously detailed tableaus inside of empty liquor bottles. The artist first smokes out the insides, then using a brush, pulls away charred pieces to reveal scenes like power lines, streams and old cars.
The room-sized “Persistence of Modernism” is an entire office of cast dirt figures by James Croak. The trench-coated man rises from the floor of dirt – or is he crumbling into it? The clocks along the wall bring to mind the idea that time is money, and thus that we working drones plug away until we return to dust.
Dirt is used in possibly the most artful way by Catherine Bertola. The artist is known for her subtractive pieces- where she removes dirt from buildings to create images and patterns. For the Museum of Art and Design, she created an imperial patterned wallpaper, made entirely from dust and dirt, challenging our thoughts on what comprises beauty and design.
The underrated Museum of Art and Design does it again with this incredible show, showing that it can turn dirt to beauty.
Images by Lori Zimmer for Inhabitat