Project: SMPL - How will it change your life?
The inventor has been creating, concocting, and fabricating, and now
it's time to take the lab on the road! The prototypes are ready for
testing, modification, and redefinition!
Helene will premiere her new line of personal space enhancers. They
are the prototypes of the new SMPL line. The mission of the SMPL pieces
is to simplify and comfort on the one hand and to open the user to
possibilities on the other. These first devices feature felt and goggles
as primary materials. They will be on Display for the week.
The artist is ready to delve into further Research by observing people
in their natural or unnatural environment to better understand the
way they interact with their surroundings. Testing of the pieces and
recording of observations and user feedback will lead to the further
Development of the prototypes.
Observations will be made with any combination of the following tools:
camera, tape recorder, sketchbook, mobile mini print press, typewriter.
Bio: Helene Renard uses narrative and
collage as tools in her passionate pursuit of "spacemaking."
Her creations range from monoprints to multimedia installations, and
embody her interest in scale and the
possibilities of making spaces to be inhabited.
She has participated in the $99.99 Show
at the Irvine Arts Center, Irivine (2001); Nooks and Crannies, ASU
Art Museum, Phoenix (2001); Degree Show, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield
Hills (1999); Reproduction, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield
Hills (1998); Fragments Towards a City, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Art
Museum, Bloomfield Hills (1997); and in the Tempe Library while serving
as Artist-In-Residence at the Tempe Arts Center, Tempe (1995). She
received her BArch from the Cooper Union for the advancement of Science
and Art in New York in 1991, and her MArch from Cranbrook Academy
of Art in Bloomfield Hills in 1999.