In anticipation of the exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures, on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum from July 20, 2012 -- February 3, 2013, the museum asked the 40 artists featured to share personal videos of themselves with our audience. Here's what Uhuru submitted—enjoy!
Social Media Video, 2012 Digital video, color, sound, 1:19 Courtesy of the artists
BILL HILGENDORF: I’m Bill Hilgendorf.
JASON HORVATH: And I’m Jason Horvath.
BH: And we’re Uhuru, a furniture design company based in Brooklyn, New York.
JH: We were founded in 2003 on the principles of sustainability and the creative reuse of reclaimed materials, and we’re super excited to be involved in “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” because it will allow us to continue to spread that message of sustainability to a larger audience.
BH: The piece that we have in the show is the “Cyclone Lounger,” and it’s made from reclaimed sections of the Coney Island boardwalk, in Brooklyn, and the structure of the piece, the form is based on the landmarked structure of the Cyclone rollercoaster.
JH: When we first conceived of the line, the first thing we did was we went out and shot a photo survey of Coney Island in the middle of winter.
BH: Yeah, it was right after it snowed.
JH: And the feeling we got was this very cold, sort of vapid, lonely sort of place, and the initial influence of the line, but when we got the material actually back to our studio and started planting down all this old gray wood, all this amazing color started coming out, and we realized that this wood wasn’t just one species, it was actually 30 different species of wood and it’s really well illustrated in the “Cyclone Lounger,” and we hope you guys enjoy it.