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Designers: Karim Rashid, David Palterer, Antonio Cagianelli, Pawel Grunert,
Artists: Blue and Joy, Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi, Matteo Peretti
The Galleria Paola Colombari is pleased to announce the opening of the show “Religious Contemporary Design” on April 18th durino the Salone del Mobile. The show is an invitation for artists and designers to reflect on the social changes of the twenty-first century and its spiritual expression through forms: new languages and imaginative codes. The Gallery will present the work of artists and designers who interpret in a unique manner the very act of creating. Each form has its own “divine” force in the process of passino from thought to existence. These works possess a sensualità, a conceptual message through symbols and signs. Art and Design intersect in secret paths in which the matrix of matter becomes a common religious inspiration.
Maïmouna Patrizia Guerresi is an artist who inhabits a transcultural context where diverse languages merge through the iconography of Muslim Africa. Maimouna presents in this show a work entitled “Fabbrica Minareto”, a grand sculpture in the form of a Minaret composed of sheets and semi-spheres of white opaque plexiglass. It resembles a rationalist architectural structure. This pure volume, designed based on the “golden mean” is a solid form with an almost “classical” consistency.
David Palterer, a refined artist and designer, concentrates his research on a methodological and formal experimentation of the object through a “poetical reaction” and reflective experiences. On view is his new collection of Jewish liturgic objects, created for the historical brand Pampaloni Argentieri. In fact, for this new collection Pampaloni Argentieri chose candelabra and silver vases in order to unite tradition and design. Furthermore, two wonderful ethnic Nepalese masks (made of wood, pigments, and hand-blown clear crystal inserts) will be exhibited: “They have ears but will not listen” and “They have eyes but will not see”.
Karim Rashid is a neo-organic designer who creates sinuous and futuristic forms. For Rashid, if freedom were to have a shape, it would be infinite, undulated, light, biomorphic, and in constant movement. On view will be his “Opposite Table”, produced by Base in ABS and in various colors (white, yellow, and black). It is a confrontation of an identical forma s a reflection of two contrasting parts of life: good/evil, joy/pain, happiness/sadness. However, these oppositions do not destroy the beauty of living. One form actually supports the other and together they find the right equilibrium in order to express their essence to the fullest.
Luca Sacchetti, a designer and artist who follows Buddhist philosophy, presents the work “Castello di Aurora”: a sofa-sculpture which signals the beginning of a fairytale, the first charter of the Human Odyssey in search for love. The curvilinear of the feminine form protects the entire structure of the Castle, transparent like those who have nothing to hide and as a consequence vulnerable to envy and jealousy. Great towers with a cylindrical shape are alternated with square and angular forms, creating through the alternation of shape and color a frame for life itself.
The Polish designer Pawel Grunert explores the theme with his beautiful stainless steel “SIE52 Chair” in the form of the cross. The natural elements which Grunert uses in his work take on an almost pantheistic and immaginary meaning. His motto is “archetype, nature, geometry”. Wicker and stainless steel are his masters and the materials for true sculptures.
Blue and Joy come from a new generation of post-pop artists. Through their visual cartoon language, they have creates two characters: Blue (who is sad but is successful in life) and Joy (who is happy but suspicious of life). Through their slogans and messages they express a fragile and intense exchange which allows the viewer to meditate on modern life. In this show, the duo will present the mosaic “J.O.Y.”, which depicts Joy in an almost imperialist stance. This work elaborates Christian religious iconography through the use of mosaico in travertine marble and glass applied on masonite board and thus recalls the antique Roman glass and marble mosaics. Joys is laughing even though he is being crucified, a playful and provocatory language which invites us to go beyond reality.
Antonio Cagianelli is a surrealist and transgressive designer who has anticipated many tendencies. In this show he presents the console “Il teschio tatuato", an allegory of the ambiguity of good and evil. The polyvalent symbols of the skull is used as symbol of religious terrorism and flames are used as symbols of faith and purification. The theme of the tattoo is like a puzzle in which different fragments of life converge towards the ultimate essence of man, that is, death. Also on view is the skull-stool “Trans-marble vital” in white marble produced by the Statuaria Arte di Fiammetta Vannelli for the Edizioni Galleria Colombari. It is a reflection on life and death through the concept of Vanitas. Vases in ceramic hand-painted by Cagianelli with graffiti and surreal symbolic iconography will also be on view.
Matteo Peretti, a tactile and post-pop artist, presents the work “Betty Boo”, with its strong and incisive monochromatic red. It is an explosion of glazed objects which introduce through their materiality a language both playful and obsessive. His intensely visual pieces penetrate the viewer and lead us to reflect: the delirium of reality is evoked and plastified and suggests an accusation of massification, standardized fetish in our everyday life. These toys and trouvailles are superimposed as in a battle. They attract us and then affect us profoundly by taking us to a theater where we can imagine forms of survival. The work “Betty Boo” suggests destruction, like an image taken from above of a city destroyed by an earthquake or war.