Working with renowned design faculty, M.F.A. students explore the broader topic of “Design” through a specific design discipline, drawing on collaborations with the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. It showcases M.F.A. candidates’ final research and creative projects.
This annual installation, timed to coincide with the university’s Picnic Day, is a lively survey of student talent and creativity that reflects the multi-disciplinary breath of the Department of Design at UC Davis.
Design Museum will be open on Picnic Day, Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Need and Desire is curated by Rob Zinn, founder of blankblank – a Northern California design firm that works with a select group of designers and artisans to produce furniture, lighting, and limited edition art. Its collection has been exhibited, collected, and specified around the world. The title of this show alludes to the ambiguities Zinn sees between art and design, form and function, business and creativity, and individual and society.
This exhibition consists of two parts: photographs and an arrangement of flotsam objects gathered from the North Pacific Gyre, and a video installation called “Kamilo Twisted Waters”, a moving mandala that reflects the fouling of the oceans. Gaylor has developed the installation in response to plastic waste floating in the North Pacific Gyre. Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch it is growing rapidly and now covers an estimated area twice the size of the continental United States. It is the world’s largest rubbish dump trapped in place by circulating ocean currents.