Jonathon Anderson, Cody Norman, April Martin
Materials & Meaning Part 1
Panel discussion on material sampling and iteration as experiment with Jonathon Anderson, Cody Norman and April Martin, followed by an interactive break-out session moderated by Robyn Wilcox.
Jonathon Anderson is an Associate Professor of Interior Design and Director of the FCAD Creative Technology Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design from Savannah College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University. His work explores how industrial manufacturing and CNC technologies influence the design and making processes. As a result, the work is characterized by innovative and explorative methods that result in interconnected design, fine art, and technology solutions. From this non-traditional process emerges a provocative, complex design language that visually communicates at varied scales and emphasizes corporeal and phenomenological experiences. Making is not only a practice but a form of critical thinking.
Jonathon Anderson acknowledges the valuable input from his collaborator, Laura Lovell-Anderson, on his presentation.
Laura Lovell-Anderson is a designer, educator and researcher focusing on the development of phenomena and interventions to influence innovation for complex problems at the intersections of design, technology and social theory. Laura is an instructor of industrial design at OCAD University and a research resident at the Autodesk Technology Centre in Toronto, where she is co-principal investigator of the ongoing research study Robotic Incremental Forming of Structural Profiles.
Cody Norman is a Chicago-based artist and designer who explores the relationship between chaos and order using robotic 3D printing and a handheld plastic extrusion gun. Through these processes, he transforms recycled plastic to challenge viewers’ perceptions. He graduated with a BFA in Designed Objects and Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and graduated with an MFA in 3D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in May 2020.
April Martin is a process-based sculptor working in ceramics, textiles and metal. For her, making is the gesture that most reflects the energy of living things; this includes weather, wind and water. In Martin’s work, she makes material connections based on known and unknown histories, as well as perceived values, form, colour and texture. She considers the act of titling her work a form of spellcasting, an opportunity to highlight or reinforce the nuances of her research into the materials. Her work communicates a sense of wonder about the materials that make up our daily lives, and on a larger scale, the planet.
Robyn Wilcox is a Toronto-based arts programmer, curator and administrator. With a post-professional Master of Architecture (McGill University) in cultural mediations and technology, and a background in the arts, Robyn is interested in the intersection of craft, art, and design. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions at Harbourfront Centre, Craft Ontario, and Urbanspace Gallery. For over six years, she worked in Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre where she helped run Canada’s foremost Artist-in-Residence Program in ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, and design. Robyn has worked with DesignTO since 2016, where she is currently the Head of Programming, and with Craft Ontario since 2019, where she is the Curator.