Image above: Mark Moskovitz, Facecord, 2011, Mixed Hardwood, 55” x 36” x 22” Courtesy of the artist
Consistently emphasizing the inherent power of materials to communicate content and form Facecord by furniture designer Mark Moskovitz manipulates the appearance of freshly chopped wood prepared for use in the fireplace. On further inspection the woodpile reveals itself to be a functional sideboard. As a resident of Cleveland, Ohio where winter lows can average in the range of 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit, Moskovitz has created a work that is perhaps directly influenced by the surrounding environment. His Picnic with Rietveld (not included in the exhibition) is a traditional picnic table made in tribute to Gerrit Thomas Rietveld the famous Dutch furniture designer and architect who created the iconic Red and Blue Chair in 1917 as an early exploration into the tenets of the De Stijl art movement.
Facecord departs from the use of primary color that is so essential to the Dutch innovators but it does retain its own sense of harmony and order. Moskovitz’s pieces engage in a dialogue with the landscape and the seasonal change that is so prevalent to his immediate location. KMAC shares recent showings of Facecord with The Museum of Art and Design in New York where it was included in the exhibition “Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design.” Mark earned his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005. He creates functional sculptures that hold both art and design in equal regard. He has shown at Arena One, Santa Monica; Jewish Museum of Berlin; St. Etienne, France; Felissimo Design House, New York City; Galeria Artis, Mexico City; and more.
Mark Moskovitz is a furniture designer currently living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. Facecord, his chest of drawers made to resemble a stack of logs, is currently on view in The 7 Borders exhibition at KMAC through September 1, 2013.