sneak peek at the associates show.
somehow casasugar.com got a better shot of the Bourgeois Brass Knuckles than we managed to. good work.
Thanks for coming out to the show opening last night y’all.
Two of Chromoly’s past designs, the Ninja Tack and especially Bourgeois Brass Knuckle, emerged as problematic to market. Potential manufacturers were consulted by their lawyers to stay away from them, and Scandinavian retailers had the products taken off their shelves by the police. The objects were being treated like the weapons from which they borrowed their forms. They were clearly carrying semantic baggage with them. This despite the fact that the products have no more potential for lethality than do many common household objects like hammers, kitchen knives, broken bottles. The items were the target of censorship while the equivalent or even greater potential many everyday objects have to cause harm goes unacknowledged.
The Ninja Tacks and Bourgeois Brass Knuckle modified two weapon types to serve a different, non-violent, function. Everyday Weapons inverses this formula so that the capacity of everyday things to be used violently is drawn out of them. A wrench and a pair of scissors are housed in leather holsters, putting them in a context of readiness for use as weapons; and a sling transforms a glass tumbler into a projectile. The leather apparatuses weaponize the objects without altering them.
Leatherwork: Peter Feeney
on display at: The Department | 1389 Dundas Street W. Toronto
as part of Tools - January 24th - 30th
Reception Friday the 28th, 8pm – 11pm
"Chromoly studio is art director Adam Pickard and product designer Jonathan Sabine. Far better at design than they are at Call of Duty, they nevertheless spend disproportionately more time on the latter pursuit. Jonathan Sabine is a product designer by profession. This informs his preference for the practical and well-rounded AUG assault rifle (with FMJ, hard-surface-penetrating bullets). Pickard produces work that is clever and unexpected. This tendency is paralleled in his Black Ops preference for the quick draw Mac-11 (extended mags), complimented by an abundance of melee attacks. Both partners in this design project appreciate the pursuit of purity in ideas and form, and they also both prefer claymores to frag grenades when forced to choose between the two. Pwning noobs, and having a design in the permanent collection at SFMOMA are their main achievements to date."
our bio for the currently running Tools show.
Last year we did “Heavy Metal: New Cast Objects.” This year we’re doing “Tools” at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street W. Toronto January 24th - 30th, Reception Friday the 28th, 8pm – 11pm, www.toolstoronto.com