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Ryan Zimmerman is a second-year graduate student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, studying Furniture Design in the School of American Craft. His current work explores forms, familiar within the archetype of furniture, while calling into question their functionality. This shift in perspective, recontextualizes a once recognizable, utilitarian object to a new stance where its function is secondary. These pieces are viewed primarily as sculpture, wanting them to read as beautiful objects that alsooffer a nonessential use. Within this body of work, he employs wood, clay, as well as fibers, generating forms that are designed and built considering systems of repetition and progression, as well as material limitations and ambiguity.

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