Georgetown University Art Galleries, Washington, D.C.
September – December, 2019
Second venue sought – January – June 2020

In many major cities, recycling is part of daily life. Our glass and plastic bottles, paper and cans are turned into glass and plastic bottles, paper and cans. We are well aware of the environmental crisis: waste and pollution increase as natural resources diminish and a fragile environmental balance is assaulted. This exhibition will be the first to bring together work by an international group of designers who are boldly and inventively responding to the current state of our natural environment in their designs that re-imagine discarded materials and waste products from agriculture and manufacturing into handsome and useful products.

We are calling their extreme and inventive kind of thinking Transfiguration because of the radical transformations they are instigating. In a religious context, transfiguration is “a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.” In a similar vein, these inventor/designers are taking waste — from coal and sulfur emissions to agricultural waste — and giving these pollutants new forms that are handsome, useful, and provocative. The designs of approximately 28 design studios from across the globe – from Japan to Guatemala – some prototypes and proposals, others ready for the marketplace – point us toward approaches to design that recognize and address the state of our environment. We have organized the work into three sections:
Furniture/Furnishings: vessels and furniture
The Closet: fashion items and accessories items
The Built Environment: building materials

Kosuke Araki, Japan; Simón Ballen, Colombia; Bentu, China; Oksana Bondar, United Kingdom; Jesper Eriksson, United Kingdom; Kelly Maj Gijsen, Netherlands; Fransje Gimbrere, Netherlands; Kodai Iwamoto, Japan; Charlotte Kidger, United Kingdom; Sinae Kim, United Kingdom; Dirk Vander Kooij, the Netherlands; Agne Kucerenkaite, Netherlands; Alicja Kwade, Poland/Germany; Max Lamb, United Kingdom; Malai, India; Dan Peterman, United States; Alice Potts, United Kingdom; Phoebe Quare, United Kingdom; Recycled Island Foundation, Netherlands; Daan Roosegaarde, Netherlands; Studio Formafantasma, Italy/Netherlands; Studio Swine, United Kingdom; Universidad del Istmo, Guatemala; Apilada Vorachart, United Kingdom; Mi Zhang, China

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