The Future Perfect is pleased to present the Los Angeles debut of ceramic artist Reinaldo Sanguino. The body of work on view, which was created exclusively for The Future Perfect and developed under the guidance of David Alhadeff, will be unveiled this summer at Casa Perfect, The Future Perfect’s Los Angeles gallery housed in a residence in the West Hollywood Hills.
Venezuelan-born Sanguino creates startling, directional pieces that reference his home New York City’s ineffable energy. Throughout his 20-year career, Sanguino has been influenced by material culture, street art of the early 1990s and the urban experience.
Each piece begins with a wheel thrown or hand built ceramic form created by Sanguino himself. He then, quite spontaneously, paints the work in a manner inspired by his mood, daily events, his surrounding environment and even the piece itself. His work has always deliberately hovered between strict definitions of art and design, but for this collection he has moved beyond the traditional scope of the designed object and boldly toward sculpture, while still keeping each piece within the realm of the functional. Sanguino views his own work as abstract art designed to live in the center of a room.
Over the course of their working relationship, Alhadeff has custom commissioned a variety of work from Sanguino. Most recently, for his own home, Alhadeff proposed that Sanguino use gold, silver and platinum glaze, which became a technique exclusive to The Future Perfect. Since then, Alhadeff has encouraged Sanguino to think differently about shape, form and function, and push his work in completely new directions. The collection
for Casa Perfect is the latest exploration of that discourse, and represents a significant departure from Sanguino’s prior typologies.
“Since Reinaldo and I met each other in 2012 we have had an open dialogue about the directions his work might be able to take,” said David Alhadeff, Founder of The Future Perfect. “Sanguino has pushed himself and his considerations of his work for this show. He has reconsidered his formal ideas and pushed his boundaries to what is an incredible new place.”
On view at Casa Perfect will be an eclectic mix of works, ranging from the stools for which Sanguino is already well known, to new forms such as chairs and tables in various shapes, and other sculptural forms.