Encoded Holidays: Gary Hutton x Tom Bonauro

April 1–August 15, 2021

A 30-Year Multi-Media Project by Two Bay Area Design Visionaries

For 30 years Bay Area designers Gary Hutton and Tom Bonauro collaborated on holiday cards sent to a glittering international list of clients, friends, and fans of Hutton’s interior design practice. These yearly projects, which the designers refer to as “sculptures-in-a-box”, are better understood as conceptual art practice that engages with, but is not bound by traditional notions of craft and design.

Encoded Holidays: Gary Hutton x Tom Bonauro advances material innovations and graphic design virtuosity while managing to be joyful, expressive and relentlessly new. Each year features different, unexpected materials like graphite, aluminum, brushes or glass to establish an elided visual language embedded with mystery and wintery feeling.

Lifting the curtain on their creative process, this exhibition reveals that projects are abstracted snapshots of Hutton’s recent history; autobiography from a detached, transpersonal distance that is further transformed by experiments in materiality, beauty, and design.

Explore a virtual 3D walkthrough of the Encoded Holidays. To view in full-screen, please click the icon on the bottom right corner. You will need to disable ad-blocking software in order to view it.

The Museum of Craft and Design’s exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Windgate Foundation and Grants for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Robyn and John Horn, Hunter Douglas, and Dorothy Saxe. Major support for Encoded Holidays: Gary Hutton x Tom Bonauro is provided by Chara Schreyer and Gordon Freund, Barbara Waldman, Diane Zack, and Sally Liu.

Above Image: Photos courtesy Kevin Hecht Photography
View Encoded Holidays press release here.


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