Karla Osorio Projects presents its participation at Design Miami 2018, the global forum for design, bringing together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics of all around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce.
The art gallery originally from Brasília also debuts its parallel initiative called Projects, and exhibits the works of the historical minimalist artist, Roland Gebhardt.
With a career mainly devoted to design, he participated in large-scale and urban projects in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and created a line of sculptural furniture in the 1990s and 2000s. Meanwhile, he never abandoned his artistic practice, producing works that have not been shown for almost thirty years.
His study of the void has inspired him since the very beginning - the methodical, obsessive repetition of objects and themes and a predilection for volumes and their enigmatic nature are markers of his work. The artist “interferes,” using cuts and incisions to rigid or organic materials, such as boulders, wood, steel, paper, aluminum, fruits, vegetables, and books. Gebhardt rewrites the history of the material, denatures it, creating new geometric lines.
The vocabulary and materials used in his furniture are familiar, fostering a sense of reassurance and comfort, yet the sculptural forms of the furniture are unique and innovative. The dimensional design is minimal, simple, and unadorned. The design principles, joinery, and assembly are respectful of the materials used. Each piece is faithful to his design principal and connected to his artistic path.