By PAUL LASTER, Oct. 2018
Marrying art, fashion and design, “Obsessorize: Common Objects Uncommon Accessories” presents a colorful overview of the inventive work of School of Visual Arts’ 3D Design Chair Kevin O'Callaghan and his BFA Design students. On view through October 29, the exhibition showcases 28 student-designed, fashion-inspired sculptures in plexiglass cases on New York’s posh Madison Avenue between 57th and 86th Streets.
A 1980’s SVA grad who studied with the legendary Milton Glaser, O'Callaghan has been teaching the art of assemblage to SVA design students since 1985. For the past five years he’s curated this collaborative 3D experience, with the help of the Madison Avenue BID and Marie Claire Magazine, in the heart of city’s stylish boutique shopping district. Creating fashionable bricolage from obsolete, cast-off technology and mass-produced consumer products, the student’s new objects both astonish and enchant.
The students selected such common objects as blow dryers, mouse traps, Barbie Dolls, dominoes, transistor radios and toys and transformed them into fantasy accessories that are stopping shoppers in their tracks. Tae Gyung Kang turned an ukulele into shoes and a bango into a bag; Yihui Pan accessorized a hat with postage stamps; Filipa Mota made a headpiece, bag and body jewelry out of a chandelier; Ivo Ilic converted an old-fashioned radio into a backpack; and Noreen Joa split a transistor radio in half to construct a chic clutch.
Scroll through the images below to see these and more imaginative fashion items and join a free Saturday walking tour by registering here. WM
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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