FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
We are pleased to announce the roster, location and reception details for JONALDDUDD,
an annual exhibit of conceptual works that challenge the conventions of contemporary design.
As part of New York Design Week, the exhibition celebrates its fifth season, offering a refreshing
departure from the typical industry trends and commercial work associated with Design Week.
The 32 emerging artists featured in JONALDDUDD use design as a medium for personal
expression, critical analysis, and formal exploration.
Founders and curators Lydia Cambron and Chris Held, both designers and artists in their
own right, wanted to create a platform for an array of participants working within and on
the periphery of the industry. “After years of attending Design Week, Chris and I had seen
exhibitions we considered more fringe,” says Cambron. “But even the fringe exhibits were more
about bringing products to market rather than simply sharing work from designers with varying
perspectives. We saw the opportunity to create a platform that would showcase the breadth of
what we considered design, as well as it’s crossover with art and craft.”
A defining characteristic of JONALDDUDD is in its presentation—arranged as one singular
installation rather than as a traditional group show with pieces separated by artist. This
approach highlights the diversity of selected works and invites the viewer to observe common
threads between objects, despite the varied disciplines and aesthetics they represent. This
environment not only gives them new meaning, but creates an inclusive world unto itself
where there is no particular aesthetic or mandate for taste. “Curation based on one single
aesthetic simplifies the world and misrepresents it.“ says Held. “Tastemaking in the world of
JONALDDUDD is about developing your own taste.”
With tendencies to cull from the provocative, unexpected, and humorous, while still considering
craftsmanship and trend, Cambron and Held’s curation finds the sweet spot between
thoughtful, purposeful artworks and a lighthearted, exploratory spirit. This year, an ample survey
of styles is represented—hard-edged industrial works sit alongside visceral sloppy craft; simple
geometric forms offset conceptual readymades.
To match the democratic ethos of the show, each year, JONALDDUDD takes place in a different
vacant storefront. This year, it is returning to Manhattan after four years in Brooklyn at 152
Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10016. Upon receiving the most applicants to date, this year’s
roster includes a motley group of contemporary artists and designers from all over the world.
JONALDDUDD is on view from May 17-19, 2019. The opening reception will be from 6:30-
9:30pm on Friday May 17th, with an open bar and subsequent gallery hours. More information
available at their website, www.jonalddudd.com.
152 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Friday May 17 6:30-9:30
Thursday May 16 12:00-5:00
May 16-19, 12:30-6:30PM
Matt Branham & Sophie Dannin
Ramón Jiménez Cárdenas
Rite Guy Design
Steven Andrew Kocher