RARE’s next exhibition will focus on the work of New York City-based architect James Evanson. A vintage collection of Evanson’s 1980s furniture and lighting designs—including his unique light sculpture Galileo—will be on display from February 19 through March 14, 2015, as well as framed examples of his graphics work, original drawings, and related archival material. This will be Evanson’s first solo show since 1984, and the first to present the full scope of his creative output. The opening will be held February 19th from 6-8 pm.
Trained at both the Art Center College of Design in California and Pratt Institute, Evanson began foray into the decorative arts with a line of custom wooden flat files that quickly caught the eye of Art et Industrie founder Rick Kaufmann, who started offering them in his ground-breaking SoHo showroom.
Inspired by that success, Evanson expanded his range of work, combining architectural elements, applied graphics, and unusual materials into unique furniture and lighting designs which Interior Design magazine praised as “very much au courant, very much ‘New Wave,’” yet also at “the vanguard of what later was to become a pronounced style.” Evanson believes that decoration “should be integral to the shape of furniture and buildings…. To make art is simple, but to make art furniture means integrating many aspects so that the whole piece is not arbitrary and whimsical, but holds together.”
His work has been prominently featured in numerous national galleries and museums, including Novo Arts, Art and Architectural Design, Art et Industrie, Tower Gallery, Gallery 91, and MIT’s Hayden Gallery, and was also selected for several influential Memphis shows. Among Evanson’s ample press notices are articles in magazines and newspapers ranging from the A.I.A. Journal, Metropolitan Home, Progressive Architecture, and Art Week to New York Magazine, Details, International Design, and The New York Times.
In addition to the pieces on display, RARE will also be offering a number of more recent works through a special consignment with the artist, as well as signed, limited editions of his prints.