Alumni News: Stephanie Smith and Bryan Allen
We are pleased to announce that Stephanie Smith and Bryan Allen will be unveiling an installation titled Route 50 at West Coast Craft this weekend, November 16-17th at Fort Mason in San Francisco. smith|allen will also be displaying a new set of wearable design works. Read on to learn more!
smith|allen is excited to be participating in West Coast Craft, a craft and design show in San Francisco at Fort Mason November 16 & 17, 2013. Within the weekend show, we will be displaying an installation, Route 50, along with a curated selection from our wearable design works.
Arranged in a long column on the floor, a grid of stark abstracted forms reflect against a black acrylic ground. The field of 3D printed “tumbleweeds” evokes the desolate Nevada highway, dubbed The Loneliest Road in America, traversing the segmented landscape of air force bases, test bombing areas and electronic warfare sites. Route 50 draws a parallel between technological impositions in the American landscape, and on the American consumer.
The installation recognizes the amount of useless tchotchkes and digital detritus generated by the growing accessibility of rapid prototyping tools, and invites the viewer to critically view the mass availability of “design” files and open source culture. Parts of the installation are free for the viewer to take with them -- a memorabilia of the consumer road trip.
smith|allen’s work challenges the traditional conception and use of consumer grade 3D printing to the use of design, art and architecture. Merging an architect and designer with a sculpture and installation artist, our practice combines an interest in installation, material and dimension with architecture, computer modeling, and novel technologies. smith|allen focuses on work that is visually, conceptually and experientially engaging for the viewer. The duo lives and works in Oakland.