Wayne State University

Prof. Kritzman exhibits work at Re:View Gallery...

“Domestic objects play a subtle role in our daily lives. Objects that can render a simple utility also bring simple joy. Objects that ask a simple question can lead to a significant realization.”

Brian Kritzman’s solo exhibit titled Momentary Space at Re:View Gallery encompasses a group of objects and drawings originally inspired by the investigation of a movable lamp that would help us see a known space differently. The term has become a way for the designer and artist to look at the world.

Kritzman describes the drawings in this exhibition as “frozen exploratory moments,” sometimes rendering idealized beauty, sometimes searching for an unknown narrative, and sometimes both. The objects are objects that question, destabilize, and also offer a resting place. Kritzman’s intention is that “these humble objects are offered to be just that.”

Momentary Space offers a unique opportunity to experience the latest expressions of Brian Kritzman’s continuous exploration of the poetics resulting from the dissection and reconfiguration of language, meaning, and the formal aspects of telegraphing these experiences.

Brian Kritzman earned an MFA in design at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a BFA in industrial design at Wayne State University and is an associate professor of industrial design at Wayne State.

Kritzman’s experimental design work has been recognized and published by I.D. Magazine, Interiors and Metropolitan Home; as well as the books Architecture and Design 1970 to 1990, New Ideas in America, Cranbrook Design, The New Discourse and Product Design 6. Originally trained as a traditional cabinetmaker, he established a studio dedicated to the art of fine furniture.

Kritzman has lectured on his work at Carnegie Mellon University and Indiana University, among others. His constructed environments, designed objects and sculptures have been built and exhibited around the world. Examples of his work can be found in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Science and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum. In addition to his accomplishments as a designer and sculptor he has also held faculty positions at the College for Creative Studies and Cranbrook Academy of Art.