Posts tagged with "Gaetano Pesce":

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Gaetano Pesce on using a Giacometti sculpture for a coat rack

Alberto Giacometti’s Man Pointing
Many years ago I was in Venice during the winter. At that time I was acquainted with Peggy Guggenheim, who invited me, along with Francesca, the mother of my children, for an evening at her house-museum. The Venetian winter is extremely cold and wet, so we arrived to the event with heavy coats. A butler opened the door asking for our coats and hung them on a thin Giacometti sculpture that was in the entrance. I thought that the sculpture would have bent under the weight of the coats, but it actually resisted. That evening my suspicion that art has always been functional and practical, as well as being the bearer of meanings, was confirmed: The Giacometti statue was exhibited as a piece of art during the museum’s open hours, and in the evening, when that place became a private home, it was transformed into a coat rack. Object Lessons is a new collaboration between AN and Façadomy that asks a diverse range of designers and artists to reflect on an object (material or otherwise) that has made a significant impact on their practice. Through personal anecdotes from notable practitioners, the series highlights the myriad ways in which the built environment informs our identities. A previous piece by Nancy Davidson considered a weather balloon. Curated by Riley Hooker/Façadomy
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Gaetano Pesce walks the line between art and architecture with new exhibit in Soho

  Gaetano Pesce is a designer who works between art and architecture and wants his designs to attack or argue against the results of standardized commercial design. He uses poetry, sometimes humor, color, and texture (in foam, resin, and urethane ) to create whimsical chairs, couches, and domestic art for gallery spaces. Last summer his designs filled the ground floor of Rome’s MAXXI museum in a provocative but fun filled array of his designs. Now you can see a small collection of his objects in a design show at the Allouche Gallery on Spring Street in Soho. This includes a wooden version of his anthropomorphic UP 5&6 chair and ottoman, depicting a female body chained to a ball. First created in 1969, the work is meant to denounce sexism and women’s enslavement to male prejudice. In the front of the gallery there is a fluffy (if Epoxy Resin, Dacron, and Metal can be described in this way) white cloud lamp (top) that looks a bit like a double atomic bomb blast to this reviewer. But then it also looks as if it is about to walk off! Go have a look at the gallery at 115 Spring Street.