The Craft of Process


You walk into an art museum and stop in front of a sculpture. You can't help but noticing how the light shines off of the marble, the curves in the arms and legs, the intersections of the components. The sculpture is a static object as it doesn't move, though you wonder how it was made. If you had stopped in front of a kinetic sculpture, you would have asked how it works and how it interacts within its environment. The art of craft is one answer to these questions because we would like to dwell not only on objects and their theoretical meanings, but on process-oriented questions about objects. Unfortunately, the word "craft" is viewed as something inferior to "art" in the art world because art is not meant to explicitly indicate utility or process. This may be changing. Glenn Adamson who is a strong proponent of craft, comes from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and will direct the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, New York. This movement in the art world has benefits outside of that world. Craft and a focus on process bring together art and engineering and make bidirectional flow between art and engineering stronger and more apparent.