The gallery will present works from its exceptional program including Florian Borkenhagen, Hélène Binet, Studio Nucleo, Satyendra Pakhalé, Rolf Sachs, Ettore Sottsass, Wolfs + Jung and Abel Zavala. Increasing its reach in collectible Latin American design, the gallery will premier an important work by Mexican design studio Ad Hoc.
German artist Florian Borkenhagen is well known for challenging perceptions of everyday objects. As an artist with a profound connection to Arte Povera, in his works Borkenhagen transforms old, defunct pieces of furniture and other everyday objects through a process of artistic recycling. His pieces often invite interaction and provide a new view on reality by reusing recog¬nizable objects in conceptual and humorous ways, using the thematic of movement and transport as an impor¬tant subject matter.
Studio Nucleo will be present with pieces from their most iconic series, including Primitive where the design studio focuses on erasing all excess of decorative style, to reduce aggregated forms to elementary geometry. Nothing more and nothing less than volume, strength and vital consistency of materials. Souvenirs from the Last Century is a series that upcycle physical memories into new forms, reclaiming discarded wooden materials from different eras and fossilizing them with a transparent body of resin, a highlight from this series is the iconic Thonet Chair that will be exhibited at The Salon. As well as pieces from their Stone Fossils and Presenze series, all uniting tradition and a view towards the future.
Chinese artist Shi Jianmin creates his works through the fusion of form, sentiment and poetry. His stainless steel pieces are complex forms worthy of thoughtful contemplation, the resulting play of light upon their surfaces has the effect of seeming to disembody and even liquefy the steel works, as if they were luminous floating masses or shimmering topographies.
Seoul-based duo Wolfs + Jung initiated by their common desire to question and inves¬tigate the emotional and functional dimensions of everyday objects. The duo produces objects that addresses and challenges contemporary subjects such as the global debates on nature, technology, and socio-cultu¬ral trends. Aiming at creating dialogues and encouraging reflections on the contemporary world, their practice approaches design as medium rather than discipline. Their series Impossible Tree takes the shape of modified trees in an attempt to explore human’s conflicted relationship with nature through beautifully crafted bronze pieces.
Following the theme of nature, the gallery will show new pieces by Mexican ceramist Abel Zavala. His work is inspired by those organisms that have been present for millions of years on earth, being witnesses and key elements of the evolution of life. Species, generally unnoticed by the human being, that have survived to modern times and that remind us that a world apart, hard to understand but easy to admire, is everywhere.
ammann//gallery explores the intersection between art and architecture through the masterful photographs of Hélène Binet, recipient of the prestigious Julius Shulman Award, who transforms complex architectural masterpieces into breathtaking photographic compositions made of light and shadow. Emphasizing how a building’s atmospheric qualities are created through the interaction between structure and natural light. She has captured iconic images of works by contemporary architects including Zaha Hadid, Peter Zumthor and Caruso St. John Architecs as well as photographed historical structures by 18th century English architect Nicholas Hawksmoor and Modern visionary Le Corbusier.
One of the highlights of this year’s presentation are the photographs from the Camera in Motion series by conceptual artist Rolf Sachs. A recording of the experience of traveling on the Bernina Express through the Swiss Alps, a journey deeply engraved on the artist’s life. Photographed from the legendary train, Sachs portrays the breathtaking landscape of the Swiss Engadin from a passenger’s viewpoint. Depicting a unique perspective of motion and abstract imagery of the scenic terrain.
As an introduction to the artisanal work by Mexican design studio Ad Hoc, the Huixcolotla Sideboard is an homage to an ancient tradition. “Papel picado” (perforated paper) is an expression of Mexican folk art in which centuries of history, symbolism, ethnic fusion, religion, and aesthetics converge. Inspired by the delicacy of the material and the characteristic elaborate patterns of this handcraft, they developed a collaborative piece that combines the aesthetics, materials, and functionality of contemporary design with the mastery and richness of Mexican artisanal workmanship.
After The Salon: Art + Design , ammann//gallery will be present at the first edition in North America of CASACOR in collaboration with New York based interior design firm Reddymade Architecture and Design, to take place in Miami from December 1st to December 18th 2017. CASACOR is a unique design event that has revolutionized the design scene in South America, bringing together art, design and architecture in luxurious residential spaces created by the best players in the industry.