In Spring 2022, The Future Perfect opened a special exhibition of exciting works made by two artists new to the roster, Dee Clements and Rutger de Regt, now on view in Casa Perfect New York.
Dee Clements, who approaches weaving and 3D design through a historical and social lens, has produced large scale baskets that uniquely interact with the scale of the first floor space in Casa Perfect. Seamlessly conversant with the ongoing curatorial language of our New York gallery, these pieces have been developed through the Chicago-based artist’s ongoing studio practice. Inspired by early human lineages of craft, utility, and their histories, the works pay homage to the role of the female in craft history and propose ideas that challenge long-held, gendered assumptions about the practice of weaving.
Clements holds an MFA in 3D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies and Sculpture. She works under the internationally recognized name Studio Herron.
Upstairs, in our newly christened second floor Project Space, we have installed Mommy I Made an Ashtray, the most recent body of work from Dutch designer Rutger de Regt. These pieces are vibrant elaborations on the fundamental human impulse to make and explore. The idea behind the collection goes back to de Regt’s earliest experiences of working with clay. ‘As children we are able to use our intuition and playfulness from a naive point of view’ writes de Regt. He wanted to harness this childlike instinct to sculpt with clay as a catalyst to produce large-scale ceramic objects.
Rutger De Regt is a 2011 furniture design graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague.