About the Exhibition
Carpenters Workshop Gallery is proud to announce its third and final edition of its traveling exhibition “Art Light” in the gallery’s London space from 17 May to 30 July.
For the conclusion of the trilogy, the gallery will present work by Atelier Van Lieshout, Nacho Carbonell, Vincenzo De Cotiis, Ingrid Donat, Johanna Grawunder, Stuart Haygarth, Mathieu Lehanneur, Frederik Molenschot, Nendo, Rick Owens, Random International, Giacomo Ravagli, Robert Stadler, Studio Drift, Studio Job, Charles Trevelyan, Morgane Tschiember, and Victoria Wilmotte.
Continuing her family’s design legacy is Victoria Wilmotte, whose “Golden Gate Table Lamp” will be on view. In combining natural materials like lava stone with industrial mediums, the new designer to Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents a fresh take on light installation.
“Lightspot Light Grey” by Robert Stadler, who is currently exhibiting his solo shows “Weight Class” at Carpenters Workshop Gallery and “Solid Doubts” at the Noguchi Museum, playfully questions the physical limits of light through the designer’s series of wall sconces.
Equally adventurous in their self-proclaimed “New Gothic” aesthetic is Belgian-Dutch design duo Studio Job, whose “Pharmacy Lamp,” “Pumpkin Lamp,” and “Tiffany Tree Lamp,” will demonstrate the designers’ fearless and original take on collectible design.
Bold in his vision, Atelier Van Lieshout shows the full range of his dystopic and artful design, with “Acrobat Lamp” and “Pappamamma Lamp,” among others. The designer uses luminous sculptures to question the origins of man’s existence.
For Dutch design team, Studio Drift, nature serves as the core inspiration for their “Fragile Future” series. The design duo blend the worlds of nature and technology in applying real dandelion heads to a phosphorus bronze structure, illuminated by LED lights, resembling something of a circuit board, all held together by the fragile flower.
Also drawing on nature via scientific inquiry, Random International’s “Swarm Study X” is based on insects’ collective behavior patterns, mimicked in the designers’ light installation, which reacts to its surroundings, making it an almost living piece.
Mathieu Lehanneur uses hand blown stretched glass and marble in his “Spring Lamp (Irish Green 52 cm),” which beautifully juxtaposes against Giacomo Ravagli’s use of rare Italian black Portoro marble and brass fixtures in his “Barometro Table Lamp 2.1,” showing the marble medium in both modern and classical designs.
Charles Trevelyan’s “Askance Grey” and “Circumspect I” take on supernatural-like forms, while Nacho Carbonell uses nature as inspiration, as seen in his “Table Cocoon 13,” where the light fixture seems to grow like a plant from the static table.
Nendo’s “Farming Net Lamps and Hanging Objects” is inspired by everyday tools, the netting used in agricultural production, and is crafted with elegance into an almost weightless light.
Similarly, Stuart Haygarth, in transforming mundane objects into beautiful pieces, sheds a new light on what can be deemed as art. His chandelier “Urchin” is made of a collection of spectacle arms while his series of floor lamps, “Lighthouse,” are carefully crafted from the plastic debris found over several years on the shores of the Kent Coast in England.
Morgane Tschiember uses simple and elegant lines in her “Open Space 3,” allowing the light to be the focal point of her piece, while Johanna Grawunder’s “Linelight” emulates a similar simplicity but plays an optical illusion with seemingly floating light installations.
Upon first look, Vincenzo De Cotiis’ “DC1610B” appears to be sculpture but, on closer inspection, the tubular brass pieces are fixed with neon lights, giving the sculptural piece a functional quality.
Frederik Molenschot describes his work as “a trip to the light fantastic,” as seen in his “CL-3 The Wall (Polished Bronze)” which takes on swift, fluid lines in a luminary, polished bronze finish.
Last but not least, Rick Owens’ “Wall Ogive Lamp” shows another take on a bronze, in addition to “Totem White Marble Concrete,” showing the artist’s full range of sculptural light pieces in a variety of different mediums.