SAIC Presents "Functional Fiction" at NADA NYC May 10–12

Nine students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) present Functional Fiction at the 2nd annual NADA NYC, May 10–12, in booth P-14. SAIC’s first display at NADA, the exhibition is the culmination of The Collectible Object, a two-semester course conceived and taught by SAIC professors Dan Price (Sculpture) and Tim Parsons (Designed Objects). Along with Messy Prototypes, taught by faculty members Tristan d'estreé Sterk and Christine Tarkowski, the class is part of a new school-wide initiative to promote interdisciplinary work at the nexus of art and design.

The display explores the territory between art and design in the marketplace via projects available for purchase—from books to wedding bands to semi-functional “intermediate machines”—that have an oblique relationship with traditional notions of functionality, most being deliberately ambiguous. “Rather than baffling us, the objects invite an exploration of possible uses and interpretations,” notes Tim Parsons. Dan Price says, “The projects created for this exhibition succeed in negotiating the complicated territory between craft and concept. Specific and bold, they appeal to the senses and playfully superimpose the logic of pattern and structure against a creeping instability.”

Functional Fiction is a confident new iteration of the interdisciplinary tradition at SAIC,” says Lisa Wainwright, SAIC Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs. “In the way this project interrogates disciplinary norms, it is a perfect match for NADA NYC and the fair's own commitment to reinventing the experience and presentation of art."

Functional Fiction is online at Participating students include Melissa Arielle Callender, Adam Chau, Andrea Rose Chiu, Jasmine Lee, Nalisha Chouraria, Sarah M. Doonan, Sky White, Tyler Willis, and Zeke Raney. High-resolution press images from the project, participant bios, essays by the instructors, and additional materials are available by contacting John Eding.

SAIC at NADA NYC: Functional Fiction
May 10–12
Booth P-14, Pier 36 at Basketball City, 299 South Street
Friday 2:00–8:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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Nine SAIC students bring a new exhibition to the 2nd annual NADA NYC, May 10–12.

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