Monday, May 18, 2020

Pace Gallery – Zoom Preview Opening – Nigel Cooke – Midnights - Online Exhibition

“…celebrate the peaceful unity of the night, the precious value isolation holds for creative expression.”
Nigel Cooke

Pace Gallery
Nigel Cooke – Midnights
Digital Studio Visit – Online Exhibition

Via Zoom, Pace Gallery presented the solo online exhibition, until June 2, of Nigel Cooke: Midnights with a digital studio visit moderated by Pace Gallery’s Curatorial Director Mark Beasley.   Midnights comprises a series of 6 new works on paper that build on the artist’s recent presentation at Pace Gallery in New York, which reflect the artist’s continued exploration of abstraction during quarantine over the past months.

Nigel Cooke

Copyright - Nigel Cooke - Courtesy Pace Gallery

These large-scale drawings, composed with dark hues of blue and black, were made after twilight while Cooke was in isolation at his studio in Canterbury, UK this March and April. As an artist, Cooke shares that he is “naturally self-isolating,” but has taken this extra step of working in the night to “fall out of step with the schedule of the local world one extra degree,” a state which “feels more recognizable as the usual conditions for art making.”

Nigel Cooke – Midnight – Islands 

“Midnight blue has become the core dark light of these new paintings on paper, weaving together an acceptance of what is, and a hope for what might come in a single unbroken gesture. It speaks to me of the darkest point before the return of the light. Made after twilight, these works are in a sense an inversion of the previous way of working, the same approach flipped for a parallel but unfamiliar moment.”
Nigel Cooke

The artist notes that creating at night allows for “a space for deeper thought” and the works in this series “celebrate the peaceful unity of the night, the precious value isolation holds for creative expression.” 

 Copyright - Nigel Cooke - Courtesy Pace Gallery

Nigel Cooke – Midnight – Horizon

Mark Beasley
Pace Gallery - Curatorial Director

 The Studio
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Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Zoom Preview – Friedman Benda X Glenn Adamson - Design in Dialogue #12: Alice Stori Liechtenstein and Marlene Huissoud

Zoom Screenshot

Zoom Preview
Friedman Benda X Glenn Adamson – Design in Dialogue
Alice Stori Liechtenstein and Marlene Huissoud

Schloss Hollenegg for Design's, curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein and bio-designer Marlene Huissoud joined via Zoom American design curator and historian Glenn Adamson to discuss Walden, the upcoming virtual exhibition at Schloss Hollenegg, featuring a hand-knotted rug designed by Huissoud and inspired by insects.
Marlene Huissoud
Designer in Residence – Schloss Hollenegg

 “It is the time to bring nature back in our everyday life; not the romanticized, sanitized, domesticated version of it, but the gritty, wild stuff.”
As part of the world’s first online - Virtual Design Festival - produced by Dezeen in the historic rooms of Schloss Hollenegg the upcoming design exhibition entitled Walden is online May 9-31 and curated by Alice Stori Liechtenstein. The theme Walden is an emphasis on nature and seclusion which seems to be even more relevant in the current situation. Many of the projects in the exhibition are self-sufficient about finding a new approach to doing, making, living.

Designers in Residence
crafting plastics! / Charlap Hyman & Herrero / Marlène Huissoud / Klemens Schillinger
Sophie Dries / Arvid & Marie / BNAG / Thomas Ballouhey / Thomas Barger / Commonplace Studio / Marianne Drews / Jonas Edvard / Linde Freya / Marc Leschelier / mischer’traxler / Odd Matter / Marylou Petot /
Studio B Severin / Studiotut / Study O Portable / Evalie Wagner / Sander Wassink

Alice Stori Liechtenstein

“I am interested in the viability of utilizing insects and their waste streams to create future craft artifacts.”

Marlene Huissoud has collaborated with cc-tapis to produce Swarm a hand-knotted rug inspired by the constant movement of insects. Born in a family of beekeepers, Marlene’s passion for insects is reflected in the design of this rug, her first commercial project. Based on her detailed sketches, the rug intends to celebrate the importance of insects as their unique presence in the world is declining and in the past decade alone 40% of insect species in the world have gone extinct. Swarm is completely hand-knotted by Tibetan artisans. It is made using traditional eco-friendly production techniques with no dyes, chemicals or acids only un-dyed Himalayan wool.

Marlene Huissoud
Swarm Rug - produced by cc-tapis

Friedman Benda X Glenn Adamson – Design in Dialogue

Friedman Benda - Design in Dialogue - a series of online interviews hosted by curator and historian Glenn Adamson, which feature leading voices from the field – designers – makers – critics - curators - as they discuss their work and ideas. Conversations are held on Zoom at 11am EST - Mondays - Wednesdays - Fridays.
Glenn Adamson

 photograph - Federico Floriani - courtesy Schloss Hollenegg for Design
Schloss Hollenegg for Design
Walden - Virtual Online Exhibition

The exhibition can be viewed on the castle’s websites and on Instagram - @schlosshollenegg - - on tour Saturday - May 9 - 7pm CET - a live tour of the Schloss Hollenegg castle and its new design exhibition Walden will be conducted by curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein.

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