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January 27, 2011 to March 25, 2011

Kickin’ Back: Design for Leisure

Kickin’ Back was a juried and invitational exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in collaboration with Andrew Dahlgren. Designers and architects from the Mid-Atlantic region were selected based upon their interpretations of the concept of leisure that either complement and/or comment upon what constitutes contemporary states of rest or play. From public spaces such as retail environments and parks, to objects that provide comfort or promote interaction in private environments, the work featured in the exhibition provoked questions about what surrounds us in our daily lives, and elaborates on how design impacts our downtime.

Based on four interpretations of the term leisure, the works featured in the exhibition reflected how we as a culture enjoy objects and spaces meant for enjoyment. From prototypes and one of kind or custom objects to small batch productions, the themes of play, entertainment, relaxation and leisurewear featured throughout the second floor galleries.

Participating designers included: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Patrick Barendt, Carrot Grant, Cutesy but not Cutesy, Design Circle, Inc., Fabric Horse, Friday Architects/Planners, Greenleaf Steel Rule Die Corporation, Haley Tricycles, Holgate Toys, International Design Clinic, La Colombe Torrefaction, le Corbeau, Michael J. Patterson, Paul K. Guillow, Inc., P.I.M.P. (Party in my Pocket Spandex Designs), R.E.Load Baggage, Inc. Shift Space Design, Something’s Hiding in Here, Tectonic Toys, and TrickGo.

Tags: architecture, design, mixed media