Yesterday we had the pleasure of attending the opening of Ajan Daeng: The Red Professor, a new exhibition at the Rockefeller Plaza gallery space at beloved home and apparel retailer Anthropologie. Keith Johnson, who scours the world in search of unique goods for the stores, was on hand to discuss these newest finds.
You may recognize Johnson from his show Man Shops Globe on Sundance Channel, and it was during one of these documented journeys that he stumbled upon the work of artist Ajan Daeng after pulling into a forested area alongside a rural Thai road.
Daeng makes sculpture from found objects including rusted industrial castoffs and the area's fast-growing natural species. The individual characteristics of the materials determine the end-products, which are always inspired by the forest environment Daeng so loves. He also teaches local children woodworking and metalcraft when he's not creating his own work. Johnson's goal is to expose this deserving talent to the American public, and all pieces on display at the gallery are available for purchase at very reasonable price points.
To see the work for yourself, visit Anthropologie's gallery at 50 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan.