About the Exhibition
Carpenters Workshop Gallery | London is pleased to present En Plein Air, a solo gallery exhibition of works by Italian Architect and Designer Vincenzo de Cotiis, from 15th September through 23rd November 2018. Vincenzo de Cotiis returns to London with his latest series.
En Plein Air – French for ‘outdoors’ – relates to the movement in art history when artists, at the end of the 19th century, left their studio to paint outdoors. The collection therefore refers to both painting history and nature, in a subtle and sophisticated creative mix.
Featuring 20 furniture-sculptures handmade by Italian artisans, the collection of seating, lighting, tables, cabinets and bookshelves is an aesthetical ‘tour de force’ combining semiprecious stones, Murano glass, recycled resin and cast brass. Each piece shows a special care for detail and opulence.
It is a manifesto of pure naturalistic inspiration. A quintessence of everything that the movements of the early 20th century had established. The chromaticism of the materials draw from Pointillism; Pre-Cubist geometries and organic expressionist schemes alternate in perpetual rhythm, de-structuring the classical canons, forging them into the contemporary world. A new iconographic and morphological alphabet composed of signs that take hold of the past just as they do the future – Vincenzo de Cotiis.
The resins are painted, the Murano glass, similar to pre-Cubist forms, explodes inside a tridimensionality becoming natural mineral joints. Providing a contemporary interpretation, de Cotiis’s furniture are defined by the power of materiality and refined craftsmanship.