Designer Shanks by Chen Chen & Kai Williams

by Danny OldaPosted on

Chen Chen and Kai Williams hover somewhere between art and design.  Their “Shank” series, though, places them squarely over both.  The pair work as a design team creating items as diverse as art objects and sculptures to bracelets and furniture.  For this series the design studio created a set of thirty shanks – hand made weapons fashioned from everyday objects.  The items seem authentic, even used, as if picked up off the floor after a prison riot.  While the items may carry unsavory violent overtones, they do underscore a strange sort of innovation born out of desperate circumstances.  The shanks serve as a comment and window into extreme “design” and prison culture.

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