Likeminds started in 2016 in Beacon, NY. Their vision has been to host a two night, three day conference in the Catskills centered on the intersections of technology, design and music. Last year’s theme was “growth” and they hosted Likeminds at Camp Tommy in Fishkill, NY.
Michael Yarinsky designed and built the shop at the center of the camp and curated the art throughout the shop and camp grounds. Contributions by Fort Makers, Likemindedobjects, Chiaozza, Alex Proba, Nastia Kobza, Camilla Engstrom, Alexandria Tarver, and Sarah Drexler.
We the News is a newsstand that distributes immigrant-focused publications and products. It features zines that archive stories and conversations by Black immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa, and first-generation Black Americans, collected during a series of private story circles. Past story circles were organized in partnership with the Black Alliance of Just Immigration (BAJI) and took place in Bed-Stuy and Flatbush, Brooklyn. After each gathering, zines were designed and edited in collaboration with the participants to later be distributed via the newsstand. The first public intervention of the newsstand launched in the summer of 2018 at the Queens Museum and will continue to act as a mini sidewalk festival with music, zine reading, and poster workshops celebrating Pan-Africanism and redefining what sanctuary means for immigrants.
The design of the stand is meant to allow for easy transport and quick expansion into the use-able form. The form when closed is a simple box and when expanded is a playful expression meant to catch the eye of passers-by. The material is a weather resistant marine fir plywood reminiscent of Donald Judd.
Lizania Cruz is a participatory artist interested in the effects of migration as related to notions of citizenship, identity, and ways of belonging. As she reconciles with her own Caribbean diaspora, Lizania utilizes different frameworks to explore these themes, together with others from Black diasporic communities. Participants take an active role in shaping their own narratives, which are shared through printed matter, object-making, and photography created by Lizania, to inform the public.
The liminal space between art and design has always been fertile ground for designers unafraid to work at the conceptual limits of craft and artists skirting with function. This space is bold, critical, sometimes strange, and infinitely inspiring for people in all creative fields who are searching for meaning in the objects, spaces, or images they make.
For this symposium we aimed to bring to the fore several people who have dedicated their professional careers to exploring this space and the future of design at A/D/O for NYCxDesign 2018. Speakers were Allan Wexler, Jemila MacEwan, Haresh Lalvani, Matt Clark of United Visual Artists, Leta Sobierajski & Wade Jeffree and moderated by Michael Yarinsky. Reception was within United Visual Artists installation “Spirit of the City” at A/D/O.
Commissioned by Brooklyn's Fisher Parrish Gallery for their inaugural show - a paperweight design consisting of 3 intersecting forms and materials. CNC Milled Marine-Grade Fir Plywood, Cast Resin, Blackened Steel.
This coffee table is part of a larger series of experimental furniture pieces meant to comment on/toy with relationships of how people use their furniture. The series started by creating a set of dining tables for tight NY spaces and multiple people in different arrangements. This is table is one of a new series of coffee tables meant to be used by people seated on a chair and the floor. The materials are a-typical for furniture. The custom terrazzo tile when combined with the Marine grade fir plywood create a high/low juxtaposition. Inquire for pricing/availability.
The Cellular Throw blanket is the result of a collaboration with Textile Design Company DittoHouse. The Cellular Throw features organic shapes that are overlaid onto a rigid grid. Within the salmon colored shapes, the grid pattern subtly changes from black to navy blue. The Cellular Throw is knitted in the USA with sustainable fibers.
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Artist Sheryl Oring commissioned this project to create an arch for her new exhibition at the McCormack Freedom Museum in Chicago’s Tribune Building.
The design is composed of just over 3000 self-fastening folded plastic modules. The pieces are scripted to seamlessly transition in scale/orientation; i.e. every component is unique.
Contributors: Ajmal Aqtash, Erin Bartling , DJ Kim, Erik Martinez, Roger Reichard , Richard Sarrach, Wendy Tang, and Peter VanHage
A series of table lamps to be used singularly or in a set that incorporate heavy construction materials with lines of light. Geometric forms of terrazzo, concrete and blackened steel integrate with warm white neon tubes lit in series. The name is derived from the masculine look, the Argon gas in the tubes, and the aggregate in the terrazzo.
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Inspired by the weaves and folds of fabrics, I created a series of patterns to be digitally printed onto fabrics. Up close, they are finely detailed with linework reminiscent of a topography. From further away, the flat fabric seems to pucker and fold. Each of these is for sale on a variety of fabrics, including organic cotton, canvas, and silk. Please contact me for ordering/details.