Presented at SUPERDESIGN, held during Frieze Art Fair. were Thierry Jeannot’s ‘TRANSMUTATION 1’ chandelier and two of Gisela Stiegler’s carved wall-consoles.
The chandelier is constructed from hundreds of plastic bottles, meticulously selected, cut and reassembled as an exceptional object. From afar it appears as a crystal chandelier, but the result of a closer look reveals another origin and shifts our preconceptions about the value of materials. The piece is a result of Jeannot’s six-year-long research into the PET material and its characters and origins within the trash system in Mexico City. It was crafted over a period of a few months with additional input of the workforce of disadvantaged communities within Mexico City.
The wall consoles by Viennese artist Gisela Stiegler are carved out of expanded polystyrene, a material and technique she has been exploring for six years. The sculptures protrude from the wall as if in the baroque tradition. The different shades created by the carving give them a deep sense of volume and the white and blue lacquers are redefining the impression of their mass.
Now in its fifth year, SUPERDESIGN seeks to emphasise the current synergy between design and the visual arts with inventive ground breaking displays that present contemporary design in a fresh and invigorating light. Yearly, this exclusive show brings together collections from leading galleries and pioneering international designers at a crucial time in the art calendar year.
SUPERDESIGN – 13-17 October 2011
at THE DAIRY, LONDON