Patrick Parrish Gallery is pleased to present Hard Round, Soft Baroque's first solo exhibition in the United States. A continuation from the Wood Worm collection first presented at the last edition of Design Miami, Hard Round is a new series of sculptural furniture works constructed from lines derived from photoshop ‘hard round’ brush tool. The worms are converted from a digital sketch into a substantial timber, marble and aluminum object, connected by hidden joinery. They reference the clumsy expediency of digital image production in contrast to 20th century craft movements. An object language that is stuck between the our persistent values about the natural and the growing dominance of computer generated aesthetics.
Soft Baroque is formed by Royal College of Art graduates Saša Štucin and Nicholas Gardner. Their London based practice focuses on creating work with conflicting functions and imagery, without abandoning beauty or consumer logic. They explore how thoroughly digital representations have begun to supersede physical objects, and how much design, as a result, has become about creating a spectacle rather than enabling a specific function. Soft Baroque is keen to blur the boundaries between acceptable furniture typologies and conceptual representative objects.
So far they’ve been showing work at V&A, Christie’s, Aram Gallery and 19 Greek Street in London, Swiss Institute in New York, A Palazzo Gallery in Brescia, Design Miami, Design Miami/Basel and Collective Design (NYC) fairs and at Milan, London, New York, Stockholm and Dubai Design Week.