Fernando Mastrangelo Introduces Escape Series
Exhibitions in Milan and New York Debut New Sculptural Furniture
April 2017 (New York, NY) – Fernando Mastrangelo will debut his latest series of sculptural furniture, Escape, during concurrent exhibitions at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, and Maison Gerard in New York.
With Escape, Mastrangelo furthers his signature technique – an ongoing experimentation with and recasting of unexpected materials.
The series evokes an abstract landscape effect, recalling vibrant, ephemeral gradients and compositions of natural elements. Fusing reductive forms with an expressive combination of materials, the simple, geometric pieces are composed of hand-dyed sand, powdered glass, and silica. The various materials are expertly cast in layers to produce a stratified gradient of tones and textures with a painterly quality.
At Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, Mastrangelo will occupy one room of the gallery where he will show two Escape pieces including a desk and bench, as well as a new mirror. Coinciding with Salone del Mobile, the work will be on view beginning April 4.
Maison Gerard in New York will show a selection of Escape pieces exclusive to the gallery. As a nod to Maison Gerard’s history, the pieces have Art Deco-inspired forms that incorporate a refined, pared-back take on the period’s emblematic radial motif. Pieces on view include a desk, coffee table, bench, bookcase, and credenza. The exhibition will open April 13th with a reception 6-8 pm, and remain on view through May 5th.
FM/s is an experimental art and design studio that specializes in unique sculptural objects and conceptual design. Established by artist Fernando Mastrangelo in 2016, FM/s highlights contradicting polarities in materials and design, resulting in rugged yet refined objects with an elegant durability. FM/s fuses high quality industrial design with everyday materials, incorporating elements that are meticulously labored in direct contrast with more expressive and less polished surfaces. Through collaborations, commissions, exclusive collections, and exhibitions, FM/s challenges the viewer's expectations of conventional design objects and their functionality. Within these conceptual installations and comprehensive interior environments, FM/s introduces work that reaches beyond the objecthood of design to confront the tension between functional and fine art.