MODA Ken Carbone

Designer Ken Carbone is bringing his journals to the Museum of Design Atlanta in Midtown for a new exhibition. 

Designer Ken Carbone is taking over the Museum of Design Atlanta with his creative journals.

The Midtown museum is welcoming the “5000 Pages of Beginnings: The Journals of Ken Carbone” exhibition today through Feb. 26 and a Thursday session with the artist titled “Design Conversation with Carbone, True Obsessions: Art, Music and Design and Why They Matter More Every Day.”

“It is imperative to keep the creative well full of inspiration and to find a way to retain that information and inspiration when it is needed most, and then to exploit it to its fullest. What I am doing in keeping a journal in this way is continuing a well of established tradition that goes back, if anything, hundreds of years,” the New York resident said.

The conversation is taking place Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Hill Auditorium in the Woodruff Arts Center, and the exhibit will display a series of sketchbooks chronicling 25 years of the Carbone’s life.

“In two words, it’s remaining curiously curious,” he said. “Once you shut down your curiosity, creativity and, in my option, life begins to shrivel. My broad frame of reference about life and the world and business has enabled me to engage in meaningful conversation with the powerful and influential in the world of business. It’s having enough knowledge about the world they may be interested in to cross the threshold of trust.”

While working on the signage for the I.M Pei expansion at the Louvre in Paris in the late 1980s, Carbone was shown some of Paul Gauguin’s journals and was inspired to start keeping his own.

The sketchbooks Carbone has kept during the past 25 years comprise the works of the exhibition and are a chronicle of life, art, the times we live in, a collection of ideas and obsessive experimentation.

“I consider my collection of journals as ‘5000 pages of beginnings,’ nothing finished, nothing too precious,” Carbone said in a news release. “On occasion I’ll use these books to sketch out a specific design concept for a client. I like to challenge myself to find a solution to a problem within a single two-page spread to capture the essence of an idea. This constraint is both terrifying and exciting.”

To stay relevant through the years, Carbone proposes to remain curious.

“Once you shut down your curiosity, creativity and in my option life begins to shrivel. My broad frame of reference about life and the world and business has enabled me to engage in meaningful conversation with the powerful and influential in the world of business. It’s having enough knowledge about the world they may be interested in to cross the threshold of trust,” he said.

For more information, visit www.museumofdesign.org.

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