A PLAYFL WORLD: BRUNO MUNARI, RENATE MULLER, LILY VAN DER STOKKER, AND CAROLINE WELLS CHANDLER
October 14 – November 27, 2016
Location: Second Floor of LMAKgallery, 298 Grand Street
With great pleasure LMAKbooks+design present A Playful World, a group show featuring the work of Renate Müller, Bruno Munari, Lily van der Stokker, and Caroline Wells Chandler. This exhibition reflects upon the mystical world explored in books, toy design and art that is imbued and inspired by childhood. A Playful World strives to embrace the beauty, playful innocence, and ambiguity of childhood.
On display will be a wide variation of book pages, art and design, like the Seal and the Rhinoceros by Renate Müller, who has been designing and producing toys since the early 1960s for children with mental and physical disabilities.In her work Müller explores the playful world of children’s imagination through a menagerie of handmade, brightly colored toys. The ones that are displayed in the gallery were made between 1965 and 1974 with the exception of the Double-tail “Therapeutic Toy” Hippopotamus, which was designed and made in 2013. Original drawings and collages from Bruno Munari’s children book Zoo will be on view.
Munari has been a driving force in the arts throughout most of the twentieth century, most notably pushing the boundaries of of graphics and design, as well as a significant contributor in the field of children’s books and toys. His books are colorfully engaging and inventive learning tools for children.
Lily van der Stokker embraces socio-political messages in her pastel paintings and her installations evocative of girls’ craft projects. She renders serious thoughts in a friendly and approachable manner through the subtle and softness of her design. On view will be her brightly colored “Family” paintings with titles and texts such as Aunty Roberta, Uncle Jerry or “My Little brother Olivier (Mosset)”.
For the exhibition, Caroline Wells Chandler has created a couple of brightly colored, hand-crocheted gender-queer figures, that will be presented in conjunction with his hand-crocheted toy- sculptures: Molly and Lulu. By utilizing cozy materials and strikingly bright colors the artist explores queerness through crocheting. His ambiguous figures engage with a playfully free and exploratory world.