Radiant Dark: 29 Designs on Darkness & Luxury

This exhibition at Cambridge Galleries/Design at Riverside takes place from August 26 to October 19, 2008.

Guest-curated by Shaun Moore and Julie Nicholson of MADE, Radiant Dark surveys the Canadian zeitgeist with new works from artists, architects, industrial designers and craftspeople. Themes of darkness and luxury are viewed through the lenses of decoration, historical reference, social issues and material investigations, and wrought via objects that express the designers’ desire to place intrinsic value on the acquisition of experience and deeper meaning over wealth, exclusivity or temporal beauty. Radiant Dark is a melding of thoughtful expression and modern Canadian design practice.

The work of the following are included in the show: Matt Agostinis & Joel Harrison-Off, Joy Charbonneau, Andrea Chin and Amrita Takhar, Connie Chisholm Studio, Coe & Waito, Covello/Reesor, Todd Falkowsky, James Fowler, Pascale Girardin, Jennifer Graham, Bev Hisey, Hoodoos, Claire Ironside, Dieter Janssen, Loyal Loot Collective, Mazzie Design and Kelly Palmer, Stuart McQuarrie, molo, Katherine Morley, Gailan Ngan, Andrew Ooi, Propellor Design, Rollout, Tamara Rushlow, Jonathan Sabine, Orest Tataryn, Tsunami Glassworks, and Andre Wejsmann.

A reception and curator’s lecture takes place on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 pm, during which time Moore and Nicholson will use projected images to discuss Radiant Dark‘s themes of darkness and luxury, including individual interpretations of the themes by artists/designers in the exhibition and the ties to broader issues affecting current Canadian design practice.

Cambridge Galleries’ exhibitions are free and open to the public. The galleries are located at 7 Melville Street South in Cambridge, Ontario. For further information, plesae call 519.621.0460 or visit www.cambridgegalleries.ca. Hours or operation are as follows: Monday closed, Tuesday-Thursday 12:00-8:00pm, Friday 12:00-5:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday 1:30-4:30pm.

Julie Nicholson is a graduate of the Queensland College of Art where she majored in Printmaking. Her work is held in public and private collections in both Australia and the US. She spent 12 years living and working in the UK, where she managed art galleries and later, furniture/design stores. She relocated to Toronto in 2001 and has continued to merge her art and design interests.

Originally from Winnipeg, Shaun Moore is a graduate of the Furniture Design Program at the Sheridan Institute of Technology, where he received a number of awards for his designs. He worked as an independent furniture designer and fabricator before moving into a management role at several design industry showrooms and retail stores.

In 2005, Moore and Nicholson formed a collaborative design partnership and in 2006 they opened MADE, a retail store in Toronto dedicated to promoting emerging Canadian design. MADE aims to provide a higher profile to outstanding, but underexposed Canadian design through in-store displays and themed off-site exhibitions. Moore and Nicholson have utilized their shared backgrounds in showroom management, furniture design and manufacture, and exhibition curation to develop MADE into a valuable design trade and public resource. MADE supports innovative Canadian design of the highest quality, produced on a limited or small scale.