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Wrap Your Arms Around Me

July 9th - September 3rd, 2016

Wrap Your Arms Around Me is a collaborative exhibition of historic and contemporary children’s furniture and design presented by Miami’s Gallery Diet and New York City’s kinder MODERN. Wrap Your Arms Around Me examines the ways in which children, small in size, but large in our lives, are both literally and metaphorically embraced, contained, and surrounded by the objects and people they encounter.

Contemporary design by acclaimed international designers Katie Stout (USA),  Lucas Maassen (Netherlands), Sarit Shani Hay (Israel), and Philippe Nacson (France), will be displayed alongside pieces of historical significance from the 1940s to the 1980s by ADO (Netherlands), Eero Aarnio (Finland), and Henner Kuckuck (Germany).  They will all serve to explore and engender dialogue about the place of the child’s body in the world. 

Gallery Diet has commissioned Miami-based painter and MANA Wynwood artist-in-residence Michael Clifford to create a series of paintings which explore the themes and formal principals investigated in the exhibition. The paintings shown were produced in dialogue with the expressive, gestural often naive-like qualities that are a relished quality of childhood. New York City-based artist and Yale MFA graduate Nate Heiges will exhibit a recent body of large works on paper inspired by language. Heiges’ series explores memory and nostalgia and repression in its layering and texture. His work is included in the permanent collection of The Drawing Center, New York; this will be his first exhibition in Miami.

  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, ADO playtable and chairs
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Henner Kuckuck, Black Rubber Chair
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Dieter Gullert, Children's Chairs
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Sarit Shani Hay, Crocodile
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, After School
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, After School
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Jean-Louis Avril, Desk and Chair
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Eero Aarnio, Mod chair
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, Chewing Gum
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, Chewing Gum
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Unknown designer, Tot Chair
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Unknown designer (after Pedro Friedeberg), Hand Chair
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Bopita, Multi-use High Chair
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Lucas Maassen, Le/La Chaise
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, Homework
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, Homework
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Bernard Holdoway, Tomotom Chair
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, Recess
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, Recess
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Hans Brockhage & Erwin Andra, Schaukelwagen
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, William Fageol, Walkee Tricycle
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, Detention
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Michael Clifford, Detention
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Phillipe Nascon, Mini-Ant Chair
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Born to Widows
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Born to Widows
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Not My Monkeys, Not My Circus
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Not My Monkeys, Not My Circus
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Isku Kinder-Link, Cut-out chairs
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Isku Kinder-Link, Cut-out chair (Red)
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Sorry, They Were Smashed
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Sorry, They Were Smashed
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Albrecht Lange and Hans Mitzlaff, USSR Rocker
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Henner Kuckuck, White Formica and Rubber Edge Chair
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Prejudice Complicates Romantic Yearnings
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Prejudice Complicates Romantic Yearnings
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Isku Kinder-Link, Cut-out chair (Yellow)
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Alexithymia
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Nate Heiges, Alexithymia
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, installation view
  • Wrap Your Arms Around Me, Katie Stout, Mesozoic Cherub