Industry Gallery opened its doors Saturday, January 15th, 2010 in a former car repair shop in the Trinidad neighborhood of Washington DC. For its first exhibition, the gallery premiered new work by sculptural designer Shlomo Harush and his gloriously banged, beaten, and battered selection of aluminum designs, from chairs to benches, floor lamps to stools.
The bright aluminum exterior of the work and its industrial theme—including a Jeep
Cherokee covered in aluminum by the artists—paid homage to the space’s former
life as an auto repair shop. Yet this was no historical show; contemporary, almost
futuristic, the work set the tone for what was to come from the gallery; the latest in
contemporary, avant-garde design, from artists on the very cutting edge of their
Industry’s inaugural exhibition garnered international coverage in major media like the NY Times, which asked whether Washington was ready for “High Design.”http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/garden/14open.html?_r=0 Fast Company struck a similarly inquisitive tone, asking whether Washington DC was “ready for an onslaught of contemporary design”http://www.fastcompany.com/3010547/is-washington-dc-ready-for-an-onslaughtof-contemporary-design
But the Washington Post was less equivocal, with an in-depth article on the gallery’s opening leaving no doubt the time for contemporary design in Washington and beyond had arrived.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2010/01/13/AR2010011304312.html