faculty profile

Ian McDonald
Visiting Faculty

My work addresses the relationships and mechanics between cultural characteristics and design and craft characteristics. Playing with issues of usability, durability and worth, these projects begin to address cultural attitudes, the ubiquity of everyday objects and an overall attraction to everyday goods.

My work exists at two points, at once concerned with the over production of products and the seduction of their collectability. This concern stretches beyond simple products into areas of power as seen through the language of design and craft and how this power is used in strategies of display to convey issues of wealth and taste.

Selected Exhibitions: 
  • Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco 2011 (solo)
  • Play Mountain, Tokyo Japan, 2011 (solo)
  • Bay Area Now 5, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2008
Selected Publications: 
  • Art Forum 2008
  • Art Weekly 2008
  • Art Forum.com 2006
  • MFA, Art Studio, University California, Santa Barbara
  • BA, Art Studio, Humboldt State University