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INDUSTRY 21st Century Design Gallery Presents "Meltdown" New Work by Tom Price

Tom Price furniture at Industry Gallery DC on East City Art

Meltdown Chair-PP Stripe, Photo Courtesy of INDUSTRY

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Tom Price furniture at Industry Gallery DC on East City Art | OPENINGS |

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Opening Reception: Saturday September 10 from 6pm to 8 pm
The exhibition runs September 10 – October 22, 2011

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INDUSTRY will be launching its Fall 2011 design season with the first U.S. solo exhibition of work by innovative British artist and designer, Tom Price. Specializing in modern furniture products, sculpture and lighting design, process plays a key role in Price’s work which has been bought by international museums, galleries and private collectors. Much of Price’s work is made using unconventional materials. In fact, he often finds it necessary to invent new tools and techniques in order to get the required results from certain fabrications. But Price sees this as an intrinsic part of the overall design and narrative.

“I like to think of myself as working in collaboration with materials, processes and phenomena and that the final physical outcome is a product of mutual consent.”

A London native, Price attended several renowned schools including the Royal College of Art. That background in Fine Art informs his approach to design, which is typically very sculptural in both appearance and concept. The vast majority of Tom Price’s furniture and collections are anything but conventional. Represented in collections around the world, recently two of Price’s pieces were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco.

Included in this exhibition will be Price’s coveted Meltdown Chairs—a series of unique furniture pieces made by melting a seat shape into a sculpted assembly of commonplace plastic products using a specially designed heated former. Original to this exhibit is an homage to DC. When he visited last spring, Price fell in love with the area’s iconic cherry trees. Inspired by them, he has constructed a series of sweeping sculptures out of plastic tubing, referencing the shapes of the trees and their blossoms. They will combine to create a unique immersive and site-specific installation, taking over an entire room of the gallery.

Price’s public commissions include a large-scale sculpture for a new square in the centre of Gloucester (UK) and a sculptural installation for a restored Victorian grotto at the foot of the Royal Terrace Gardens, in Torquay (UK). As an enduring tribute, Price’s talent and techniques are referenced in many respected design books including Desire by Elizabeth Honerla; Contemporary Furniture by Martin Wellner and Andrea Mehlhose; New Talents –The State of the Arts by Hans Maier-Aichen and Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.


About INDUSTRY 21st Century Design Gallery

INDUSTRY is the premiere gallery in the US devoted to exhibiting the work of 21st Century design. Their focus is on designers who create functional art from industrial materials. Offering single-artist exhibitions, INDUSTRY represents a broad spectrum of international design trends through imaginative and limited edition works that blur the boundary between art and design and redefine the relationship between designer and gallery.

INDUSTRY will be opening a second gallery in the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles with FOSSILIZED 2.0—an exhibit by Belgian designer Jens Praet—September 22nd-November 11, 2011.

The Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm, and by appointment.

INDUSTRY is located at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE. Suite 200 Washington DC 20002. Contact the gallery at [email protected], by phone at 202.399. 1730 or visit the online at industrygallerydc.com

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