Francis Cape, an adjunct associate professor in the School of Art+Design, is one of the artists featured in Informed by Function, a group art show at the Lehman College Art Gallery on view through May 15.
Informed by Function explores the dialogue between art and the domestic object.
Cape’s Alma, which is on view in this exhibition, mixes an understated minimalism with the quiet intimacy of domestic architecture. The work presents a finely crafted wainscoted wall on one side and exposed studs with a seat nestled within on the other.
Francis Cape was the School of Art+Design’s Artist-in-Residence in Applied Design for the fall 2006 semester. Born in Portugal and trained as an expert woodworker, he has earned an international reputation. At first look his work appears to consist of beautifully crafted wooden architectural structures and cabinets. Exhibited in a gallery setting, however, their facsimile nature creates a sense of ambiguity for the viewer in that his pieces are not functional. Conceptually based, his work has its roots in Minimalism and Pop and references both Shaker design and the Arts & Crafts movement in its elegant and deceptive simplicity.