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Tales of the Absurd

September 2 2009

Tales of the Absurd
Gray’s School of Art are staging their provocative Masters Degree Show Exhibition at Robert Gordon University, an opportunity for the public to be stimulated by creative thinking.

Headlining the exhibits is Fraser Reid’s tricksy approach to making cheap and tacky materials desireable - a bid to prove that design can be just as effective without recourse to high end materials.

Amongst the tools in Reid’s flimsy armoury are loft insulation and polystyrene sheets which have been shoehorned into a rather unusual sofa whilst a complimentary lampshade illuminates an alternative usage for wood glue and raw merino wool.

Reid explains: "Design art is less about functionality and more about experimental practice. I went to a DIY store and challenged myself to find the most horrible, cheap materials available and I'm really pleased with how my sofa has turned out. It's important to keep experimenting in order to continue in presenting new ideas and opportunities within the field of design."

The exhibition continues at Gray's School of Art, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen until Saturday 5 September. It is open to the public from 10am - 5pm daily.

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