On Chess: Fashion, Climate And Chess


With his head down and the sound of a harpsichord musically ringing out of sight, craftsman and style creator Michael Drummond slides from one piece of his at-home studio to another, marvelously and carefully bowing, molding and joining bra underwires to a vinyl structure.

Rather than his standard layers of chiffon, weaves and cowhide strappings, Drummond has loaded up on an assortment of discovered materials — some run of the mill, most not — for another choice of works he will introduce at the World Chess Hall of Fame.

While to a few, chess and design may appear to be about as inverse as can be, we know as a matter of fact that contrary energies will in general pull in, energizing a cross-reproducing of sorts that grows the perspectives on the two gatherings so as to associate on a more profound level. For Drummond, it’s through this improbable association that he tells an a lot further (and darker) story.

Through garments, figure, gems and photography, Drummond’s show, “Michael Drummond: Being Played,” balances and investigates three larger subjects — chess in procedure and structure, the environmental change emergency and the idea of “savage postponement.”

“Savage postponement” is a term begat by Alex Steffen to depict “the blocking or easing back of required change so as to make cash off unsustainable, vile frameworks meanwhile.” In Drummond’s down, it is put as one rival. We – the purchasers and people of Earth – are the other.

Here, the “savage” adversary is multi-faceted. It’s environmental change, time and development, the design business and organizations whose benefit driven procedures have made unpardonable harm the planet where we live.

Now and then, this adversary is likewise us, who, by the frameworks set up by people with significant influence, become the “predator” of our general surroundings somehow.

Utilizing chess as a guide, each piece in “Being Played” speaks to a piece on the board and is appropriately titled utilizing arithmetical documentations to speak to its moves. Works that are ready for your individual interpretation get a move on a progression of symbolic representations.

What’s abandoned from a previous society has transformed into the diamonds of another one. Caps are expertly made from hair and wire, while pitch cast fossils take on a rich dark red tone and are made into adornments. Every mannequin and structure is unemotional, amazing, helpless and suggestive of a chess piece that has sprung up.

Through chess, Drummond weaves a story that associates a definitive round of technique to our general surroundings. With power comes penance. For chess, that may mean the loss of knights and pawns, yet in our reality, that implies the loss of nature, of assets and of significant materials as we probably am aware them today.

In “Being Played,” Drummond makes a tale about development through chess that all by itself is as yet advancing.

While watchers won’t leave with a goals, they will leave with an interesting point. Maybe they will be enlivened to make better practical propensities for themselves, purchase less stuff or figure out how to play chess.

Perhaps they will leave feeling nostalgic, confident or enraptured. In any case, it’s the passionate association with the work and the individual sentiments that they leave with that interest Drummond the most and motivate his journey to make.

The open is urged to go to the free opening gathering of “Michael Drummond: Being Played,” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Visit worldchesshof.org to RSVP to find out additional.

Sarah Stallmann is an honor winning essayist, content maker, and inventive expert who has some expertise in strategizing, overseeing, and executing imaginative tasks while giving a particular perspective.


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