Gagosian presents the primary solo exhibition in Greece of British designer Marc Newson’s work (till 7 January 2023). Imbued with joyful optimism, the all-blue assortment of furnishings on show pays homage to Greece, with a monochromatic palette that performs with supplies and strategies.
‘Greece and Greek tradition have at all times been near my coronary heart, and it’s an honour to share these works in Athens,’ says Newson.
Among the many items on show are Newson’s ‘Cloisonné’ chair and lounger, replicated in blue and white with a molecular patterned motif. To create them, Newson used the traditional strategy of cloisonné, which provides the identify to the items, which entails making use of superb enamel tiles to the floor – a way usually used for jewelry and small ornamental objects.
To create the large-scale items, Newson collaborated with a specialist craftsperson in Beijing, who first created the copper wire floor, inlaid enamel into the design, and at last fired every bit as much as 12 instances in custom-made kilns.
Additionally on show are items such because the ‘Blue Glass Espresso Desk’ and accompanying chair, combining strong types of colored and clear forged glass to create the furnishings items, and the ‘Murrina Desk’, first offered in numerous colourways with Gagosian in 2019 and right here replicated in white and blue.
To create these items, Newson as soon as once more took a way typically used on a small scale (the murrine originating in Sixteenth-century Venice) and blew it as much as create placing furnishings items.
Working in marble, Newson selected Azul Macaubas stone for a brand new rendition of his ‘Extruded Console’ to match the exhibition theme. Carved from a single piece of marble as a silhouette of a furnishings piece, the design’s dynamic strategy blurs the boundaries between two-dimensional types and three-dimensional performance.
Transferring past furnishings design, the exhibition additionally contains Newson’s surfboard designs, initially created as prototypes for surfer Garrett McNamara, and his ‘Blue Hourglass’, made in Basel and handblown from a single piece of borosilicate glass, then crammed with blue metal nanoballs, engineered by Swiss watch producer De Bethune.
Marc Newson is on show at Gagosian Athens till 7 January 2023
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