RISD 2012 Grad Exhibition
by Harry / June 2, 2012
From the @RISD 2012 Grad Exhibition, a selection of works. Above, Brendan Keim's handturned birch and walnut Lightsticks candle holders.


An annual event open to the public, the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition features a wide range of work by master's candidates who will graduate in June. Here are some of our picks for 2012.

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Conversable Stool by John Nguyen, a chair design that allows for alternative uses when not in use as a chair.

More than 180 graduate students showcase entire bodies of work in disciplines ranging from the architectures (Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture), to the fine arts (Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles), to design (Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design) and art education (Teaching + Learning in Art + Design).

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Kate Walton's porcelain Floral Pot, "Kate and her art exist in a state of stylish awkwardness."

Inside custom-constructed galleries within the large exhibition hall, students are showcasing multiple pieces or large installations from their thesis work - the manifestation of two or three years of research, experimentation, critical thinking and honing of their craftsmanship and expressive capabilities.

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Andrew LeClair's This Is Not A Book, an archive of 1,895 updates posted to Twitter from July 9th, 2009, to December 7th, 2011.

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Xingjie Zhu's The Evolution of Chair Legs, using a genetic algorithm based on the theory of evolution, the legs of these chairs are determined according to the user's height and weight, which generates a population of random chair legs.

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Radhi Desai & Varsha Menon's Spiral Stack, a versatile, interactive and adaptable piece of furniture. Each L-shaped unit can be fanned out in a spiral or stacked up.

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Ayisha Verma, Beatriz Cardona & Mónica Alicea's Fanlight Wall, an abstracted ceiling fan converted into modules and interconnected be-comes a partition and a lighting component to brighten the surrounding space.

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Whitney Artell's Nature vs. Culture jacquard woven fabrics.

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Brendan Keim's Lightsticks "aims to reconnect adults to everyday objects as we once were when we were children."

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