Artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier has translated her fascination with bricks right into a site-specific exhibition comprising seven totem-like sculptures constituted of stacked bricks glazed in vibrant colors.
The exhibition, which was curated by Sarah Cosulich, options seven sculptural constructions that rise from the sand-covered ground of the constructing designed by Angelo Mangiarotti within the 1970s.
The start line for every sculpture was the common-or-garden brick, which has been a recurring component in Du Pasquier’s work – significantly her work.
“I do know nothing about bricks,” she mentioned in an interview with Cosulich for the exhibition’s catalogue. “For me they’re unusual, nameless objects I’ve inserted typically within the nonetheless lifes I paint.”
Du Pasquier has centered on portray for the reason that 1980s, together with her summary works usually together with shapes that reference home objects.
Previous to this, the self-taught designer was a founding member of the influential Memphis Group alongside Ettore Sottsass.
She was answerable for lots of its embellished surfaces, together with textiles, carpets and plastic laminates, in addition to creating merchandise and furnishings.
A current revival of curiosity in Memphis designs has seen Du Pasquier develop a clothing collection featuring her graphic prints for American Apparel, in addition to a range of textile designs with Wrong for Hay.
A London exhibition held in 2017 additionally presented new paintings, sculpture and drawings created by Du Pasquier utilizing her signature daring, geometric types.
For the BRIC exhibition, Du Pasquier explored the brick as the fundamental component of structure and used it to create monumental constructions that sit someplace between artwork and design.
“I’ve constructed totally different three-dimensional issues [in the past],” the designer defined.
“The brand new side of this expertise is the just about architectural scale, and the truth that the bricks, being modular, virtually lose their three-dimensional high quality, and return to being components that type a floor.”
Several types of brick are glazed in vibrant colors and layered to provide geometric shapes which are paying homage to Du Pasquier’s work, in addition to a few of the Memphis Group’s sculptural furnishings.
In a number of of the sculptures, the bricks are turned to show their interior construction. On this manner their structural worth is compromised however they tackle a extra ornamental high quality as patterned items.
“Bric is sort of design or virtually structure, although it has no helpful goal,” the designer added. “It has nothing to do with a portray, which I can alter all the way down to the final second.”
“Bric is a collaboration with the Mutina crew, the wonderful engineers and masons with out whom these small constructions would have remained merely concepts. I had an thought and different folks made it. A portray is just not an thought.”
The exhibition was produced by Mutina as a part of its Mutina for Artwork venture. The theme connects with the corporate’s heritage because it explores the thought of the brick as a product that’s constituted of the earth in an identical method to conventional ceramics.
Mutina’s most important focus is on growing progressive ceramics merchandise in collaboration with a few of the world’s main designers.
Its earlier tasks embrace textured tiles by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec that may be mixed to create totally different patterns, and a collection by Konstantin Grcic that includes contrasting matte and gloss surfaces.