Let's Play Games

Cumulus Studios at the Dallas Art Fair

Catherine D. Anspon
Posted:
April 22, 2013

Among the most insistent design trends is its influence on the contemporary visual scene. See the intriguing results this season during the debut of Field Day at the Dallas Art Fair, which tapped exhibitor Nathalie Karg’s Cumulus Studios to devise a morning of games and play (Saturday, April 13, 10 am to noon; remarks 10 am; outside FIG at Henry C. Beck, Jr. Park). The works on view are drafted from the New York-based gallery’s stable of notables commissioned by Cumulus to create limited-edition offerings, which intersect landscape architecture, and mirror the contemporary marriage of art and design. We’re smitten by international Tom Burr’s finely honed ping-pong table formed from aluminum, rubber and paint, which is a functional sculpture that Donald Judd would be proud of. Since 2008, Karg has carved out a distinctive gallery practice that bridges her background as an art advisor and landscape designer. “Cumulus Studios has chosen a different path than most,” she notes. “We work solely with contemporary artists, not designers nor architects. This is why our pieces are special. Some of them are quirkier than others, and maybe less comfortable, let’s say, than a widely produced element of design, but this is what makes us stand out.” Cumulus Studios at the Dallas Art Fair, cumulus-studios.com, dallasartfair.com.

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