DESIGN 99: TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
Detroit-based artist Mitch Cope (b. 1973) and architect Gina Reichert (b.1974) constitute the husband-and-wife collaborative, Design 99. Too Much of a Good Thing is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and curated by Luis Croquer, Director and Chief Curator.
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING
MAY 27 – JULY 25, 2010
Detroit-based artist Mitch Cope (b. 1973) and architect Gina Reichert (b.1974) constitute the husband-and-wife collaborative, Design 99. Working on a model of discursive community engagement, their new project entitled Too Much of A Good Thing continues their exploration of art, community, architecture and spatial and social constructs.
The project is centered around the Neighborhood Machine, an intervened and modified bobcat that is part moving sculpture, part functional tool. The Neighborhood Machine is connected both physically and conceptually to their ongoing Power Houseproject, a similar initiative to turn a house into both an art object and an innovative community space, and the Heartland Machine a modified boat that undertook a major journey through the United States’ heartland in search of connections and transformational initiatives.
Design 99’s work explores the edges of art practice, utilizing, design, architecture, found materials and utilitarian objects to propose creative solutions to complex problems. Their practice has at its core the belief that transformation can happen in a natural way, if we only take a look, think out-of-the-box and take action.