Second Floor

Functional Functionality – DearHuman (Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell), Zac Hacmon, Martin Pelenur, and Sonita Singwi

March 4, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Functional Functionality
DearHuman (Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell), Zac HacmonMartin Pelenur, and Sonita Singwi

March 4 – April 22, 2018
Opening Sunday, March 4 from 12 – 2 pm (Brunch)

Location: LMAKbooks+design: 298 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002 – 2nd floor
Contact:, 212-255-9707

LMAKbooks+design is excited to present the group show Functional Functionality with artists and designers DearHuman (Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell), Zac HacmonMartin Pelenur, and Sonita Singwi.

The exhibition features artists and designers who use functional materials as a means to lead the creative process. They use everyday materials like paint, colored tape, recycled pulped paper and ceramics to reinterpret its function. By repurposing materials the artists creates an environment that is new yet universal.

For the exhibition Dear Human will create a wall installations of paper tiles. The duo noticed the amount of paper waste from local industries and decided to explore paper as a material and after a few experiments they developed Wallpapering – tiles made from recycled paper.

Zac Hacmon will exhibit two sculptures that are made from ceramic tiles. In his work he combines industrial materials and found objects to invite viewers to push the boundaries between the familiar and the unfamiliar and the assumed function of the material.

Through tape and varnish Martin Pelenur examines in his work the grid. Pushing through the repetition and limits of a square, Pelenur turns his everlasting search into a discovery for the viewer and questions the limitation of his own rules and the materials expected use.

The colored tape and paint pieces are by Sonita Singwi. She examines functionality and form within painting by replacing the paint for tape without a total abandonment of the medium. Rather developing a new entity and building the tape out in such a manner that it attains a sculptural feel and makes the viewer aware of it as a physical entity.

Functional Functionality is a playful exploration of the confinements within the art practice, the design objectives and familiarity, pushing its assigned function and questioning its physical presence.


Dear Human is the artist / designers duo Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell, who live and work in Montreal, Canada. Jasna initially studied Architecture in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and switched to Fine Arts and graduated from the Emily Carr University in Canada. Noel has a MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, with a focus on ceramics and sculpture. While working on their individual fine art practices, Noel and Jasna began experimenting together on collaborative urban-interventions, public art, and design-oriented projects. As their collaborative work gained momentum, it quickly became their primary focus and Dear Human was born. Their work has been shown internationally at venues like Greenhouse, Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair; Harbourfront Centre, in conjunction with Toronto Design Week; Mint, London, UK In conjunction with London Design Festival
; MCX Spotlight, Material Connexion, Tokyo, Japan; Ventura Lambrate, Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy and Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI.

Zac Hacmon lives and works in New York. He studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and was an exchange student at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London. He participated in the International Artists Residency at the National Art Studio in Seoul under the Unesco Aschberg Scholarship, the International Artist-in-Residence Program at MeetFactory Studio, Prague, and a fellowship residency at Salem Art Works in Salem, NY. Hacmon is a current MFA candidate at Hunter College in NYC. His work has been included in international exhibitions like Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva, Israel; Equity Gallery, New York, NY; Red Barn Project Space, Santa Barbara, California Beer-Sheba Museum, Beer-Sheba, Israel; Curb Gallery, New York, NY; MeetFactory Gallery, Praguge, Poland; Kumho Museum of Art, Seoul, South-Korea; The MAC, Belfast, Ireland and STA Gallery, Tel Aviv Israel.

Martin Pelenur lives and works in La Barra, Maldonado, Uruguay. His work has been exhibited across Latin-America, Europe, and the United States in institutions and venues such as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Fundacion Art Nexus in Bogota, El Museo Figari in Montevideo, Artemisa Gallery in New York, and Fundacion Sayago & Pardon in Los Angeles. Pelenur has been the recipient of numerous awards including The Fondo Concursables Award of the Uruguayan Ministry of Culture (2017), Emprende Cultura Award from the European Union (2016) and The Proyecto Bitácora from the Secretary of Culture and Education in Uruguay (2015) amongst others.

Sonita Singwi received an MFA from Hunter College and an MA in Art History from New York University. She has shown with Liebman Magnan Gallery in New York City and Hales Gallery in London. Her work was included in Unbroken at PS 122, organized by Paola Morsiani, currently the Acting Director of the Brodsky Center. Museum shows include Brooklyn! at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, and Sight Mapping, which opened at the Sala Rekalde, Bilbao/Spain and traveled to the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow/Scotland, as well as the Konsthallen – Bohuslans Museum, Uddevalla/Sweden. Singwi’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art in America, as well as by Contemporary, and Modern Painters. She is a fellow of Yaddo, Ucross Foundation Residency Program, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Artist in the Marketplace (A.I.M.) Program of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Her studio is in the Old Can Factory in Gowanus, Brooklyn.