Sunday, April 06, 2014

UGA MFA Candidate Creates Tech-Savvy Architecture

Yuan Quan grew up in China, where he was exposed to many different kinds of artistic forms. Quan creates his work in varying forms that address issues of both art and design to create irreplaceable pieces.

In 2010, Quan received his BA from the Beijing Institute of Technology. In the current exhibition, Quan designed a chair for a luxury hotel lobby environment. “My inspiration is a collection of different shapes of flower in our ecological system. It was coming from some geometric forms from parts of the flora outline. The back of the seating is mimicking petals when they are blooming,” he said.

To meet his goal of creating a chair that deals with posture issues in hotels, the artist looked at more than 70 different kinds of design schemes. The resulting chair allows people to change posture easily when they are using tablets or smartphones, combining art with technology.

The “Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates Exhibition” is on view at the Georgia Museum of Art from April 12 to May 4, 2014, with a free preview opening reception Friday, April 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. MFA Speaks is scheduled for Thursday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m. and will feature the artists discussing their work.

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