‘a table made of wood’, 1999 (various woods) courtesy of the milwaukee art museum photo: elaine brodie

gord peteran: furniture meets its maker museum of arts and design, new york may 27 – july 26, 2009

new york’s museum of arts and design is now showing the innovative work of canadian artist and designer gord peteran. the show is the second exhibition in the museum’s new design and innovation gallery and will showcase peteran’s twenty-five year career in furniture making. peteran’s work is well known for integrating conceptual content into the realm of furniture, often evoking narration. his designs often explore the functional role of furniture and the relationship between serial and one-off production. this is the first large exhibition of peteran’s work in the US, consisting of 21 pieces in a range of mediums.

‘peteran’s work focuses on erasing the traditional boundaries between art and craft, his pieces are conceptual, frequently non-functional, often witty, and meant to challenge pre-conceived notions about both furniture and sculpture.-holly hotchner, the nanette l. laitman director of the museum

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gord peteran: furniture meets its maker‘100’, 1996 (machined bronze, ebony, custom built oak and leather case) collection of sylvia and garry knox bennett photo: elaine brodie

gord peteran: furniture meets its maker‘musical box (glenn gould prize)’, 1996 (red oak, brown oak, steel, ebony, brass, aluminum, plastic, leather, rock, copper) courtesy of glenn gould foundation and glenn gould studio photo: elaine brodie

gord peteran: furniture meets its maker ‘an early table’, 2004 (twigs, string) courtesy of william anderson photo: elaine brodie

gord peteran: furniture meets its maker ‘best general view #1’, 2001 (found woods, brass) courtesy of the artist photo: elaine brodie

gord peteran: furniture meets its maker‘chest on chest’, 1984 (red oak, ebonized cherry) courtesy of david g. burry photo: elaine brodiegord peteran: furniture meets its maker‘electric chair’, 2004 (tubular steel and lightbulb) courtesy of david dorenbaum photo: elaine brodie

gord peteran: furniture meets its maker‘ark’, 2001 (stained oak, metal, velvet, glass, electrical cord) courtesy of the artist photo: doug hall