Friday, April 28, 2017

Milan #MDW2017 – Fondazione Luigi Rovati – Paul Cocksedge - Excavation: Evicted

Paul Cocksedge - Excavation: Evicted
 Fondazione Luigi Rovati 

Friedman Benda presented British designer Paul Cocksedge’s latest project in collaboration with Beatrice Trussardi.  Excavation: Evicted was shown at the site of Fondazione Luigi Rovati, which will become the city’s first private Etruscan museum. Excavation: Evicted is a physical and visual reaction to Cocksedge’s eviction from his London studio due to property development. The place the acclaimed designer has spent twelve years in, building his career, has been mined as a direct source for a new body of work.

Beatrice Trussardi and Paul Cocksedge

“Celebrate and release the tension and creative energy that’s shaped the space.”
Paul Cocksedge

Cocksedge drilled down into the studio’s floor to excavate material that he then transformed into five distinct furniture pieces. Each of these works documents, commemorates and preserves not only his own time in the location, but the building’s own history. 


“Intended as the last creative work to come out of the space, the pieces celebrate London’s reputation as a home for creativity – a status that is increasingly under threat as artists are displaced from their studios by property developers and rising rents. By creating pieces from the very fabric of one of London’s disappearing creative spaces, I hope to remind of the transient nature of both creative workers, and the places they inhabit. My Hackney studio will also accompany me to my new workspace, in the form of a work made from retrieved material.”
Paul Cocksedge

Paul Cocksedge - Excavation: Evicted

Not just a response to his situation, the project echoes socio-political and cultural upheavals affecting many strata of contemporary society across the globe. Creative life in London, one of the world’s great metropolises and cultural centers, is acutely affected by increasing property values. Coupled with the uncertainty of Brexit, it mirrors other cities where the global movement into urban areas is forcing change in daily life.


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