TYPO San Francisco 2014


Elliott Earls

Elliott Earls is Artist-in-Residence and head of the Graduate Graphic Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Earls has led the graduate program at Cranbrook since 2001. His work as a designer, performer, and artist is represented in major collections including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Wolfsonian Museum, and The Miami Art Museum. His work has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions at Art Basel Miami Beach. As a performance artist Earls was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from Manhattan’s prestigious Wooster Group. Earls has performed globally including featured shows during the Exit Festival at Maison des arts de Créteil, and at Music Hall, Detroit. Earls’ work as an artist has been exhibited widely including a major recent installation at the Triennale Museum in Milan.

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Money, Sex, and Power – The Mechanics of a Hybrid Practice

TYPO San Francisco 2014, April 11, 2014, 1:00 pm (YBCA Theater)

In this presentation, Elliott Earls breaks down the mechanics of his hybrid design practice. Earls talks money, sex, and power as he outlines a business model for aesthetic practice. He wrestles with the aesthetics of porn, the power of the id, and the nature of critique in design education. Earls uses his work and his role as Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art as a kind of proof of concept.