Brazilian artist Felipe Barbosa (born 1978, lives in Rio de Janeiro) re-contextualizes common materials and accentuates their formal qualities by creating repetitive yet dynamic compositions. Although constructed manually, his sculptures are indicative of the mass-production process used to manufacture the materials.
Familiar objects are cast away on their application by altering their physical compositions and creating unexpected and formally engaging situations. In doing so, the artist shifts the focus from usage/intent to formal qualities, allowing new ideas and associations inherent to the materiality of the object to be more recognized. Barbosa’s practice is centered on recycling materials and highlighting their design elements and iconographic presence in a cultural context.
Soft and cuddly creatures are covered with novelty firecrackers, depleting their affectionate quality and making them threatening. Barbosa’s ability to alter an object’s physicality and meaning makes its mark again on a sculpture made out of readymade doghouses. Toys and soccer balls become inoperative, as the doghouses are uninhabitable and clear reference to the favelas in Brazil.
Accumulation is the mandatory word in Barbosa’s work, and its vehicle to accumulated objects to obtain meaning. This becomes possible through assembling schemes, fitting, splicing, contrast, combination, and results.
The last two pieces displayed here are from my personal collection.
Who is the guest of the day: Thiago Noronha is a designer. And Tomie’s daddy.
Video (in Portuguese)
A temporary and unique show is happening in France. It combines design, creativity and a passion for wine-making. New and vintage Atelier Fornasetti furniture pieces are on show at The Fornasetti Exhibition together with unseen drawings and paintings by the legendary Piero Fornasetti. The designer Barnaba Fornasetti, son of Piero, has produced a series of original works which symbolize the context in which they are displayed: the rich Burgundy soil, the strength with which they imbue Burgundy’s wines, as well as the sensitivity and femininity that are strong themes in the region. Then, he designed an original piece of furniture, The “L’Obélisque”, an exclusive label for a special edition to Maison Joseph Drouhin of their cuvée “Clos des Mouches, L’Ouvrée des Dames”, a symbol of femininity, and limited edition wooden cases each one adorned with an original motif. The exhibition is at Galerie Epokhé, in Beaune, Burgundy until January 29, 2012.
Who is the guest of the day: Keli Lynn Boop, journalist addicted to juice chlorophyll, love wine & art, weight and exotic things (not necessarily in that order). Want to know more? Click here: www.urgemag.com.br.
[TRUMEAU “FUN FAN”]
The latest re-invention by Barnaba Fornasetti, a new variation on the “trumeau” theme which takes a sideways look at the iconic face of the singer Lina Cavalieri.
Material: Wood. Technique: hand-printed and hand-lacquered.
Concave mirror surrounded by four small convex mirrors, with truncated pyramid shaped frame.
Four convex mirrors decreasing in size with wooden frame
[Ceramic vase “Smilzo con cilindro nero”]
Hand made. Limited edition of 99 pieces.
[Ceramic vase “Serratura rigato rosso”]
Hand made. Limited edition of 499 pieces.
[Chair “Lux Gstaad”]
Wood. Printed, lacquered and painted by hand.
Obelisk in oak wood aged 30 years hand-lined with zinc-alloy plates, original one-off pieces from the 50’s, used for lithographic printing. The obelisk has a removable container used to store horizontally a Jéboam bottle (3 liters) of “Clos des Mouches” 2005 from the Maison Drouhin.
The empty chair by Maarten Baas for freedom of expression in China
The artwork refers to Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo who was unable to receive the prize in person last year as he had been imprisoned. Baas presented the piece in Amsterdam this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International.
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“I like to see objects as living organisms, imagining them coming alive and being able to surprise you with their behaviour. I want to create objects with my hands, then I can give them my personality. I turn them into communicative objects that can arouse one’s sensations and imagination. In short, what I want to create are objects with a fictional or fantasy element, that allow you to escape everyday life.” –Nacho Carbonell–
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