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ACFNY SUPPORTED | EXHIBITION
ROBERT STADLER: WEIGHT CLASS
THURSDAY, APR 27 2017 - SATURDAY, JUN 24 2017
Carpenters Workshop Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Austrian artist Robert Stadler. Entitled ‘Weight Class’, the exhibition will feature works from his acclaimed ‘Cut_Paste’ series as well as new suspension light fixtures incorporating Isamu Noguchi’s iconic 1950s Akari lamps.
‘Weight Class’, a sports term used in the boxing world, refers to the idea of balance that is explored throughout the exhibition. Balance is found in the contrast between the marble and the aluminium honeycomb panels as well as in the carbon fibre and the counterweight principle that suspends the lamp.
The exhibition will include key works from his ‘Cut_Paste’ series as well as a new light fixture that adapts to the user’s space. Hung from ‘Anywhere’ this interactive ceiling light can be rotated and freed from its usually fixed location. The three-dimensional space of the gallery is simultaneously opened up whilst also remaining occupied; allowing the viewer to explore the constructed as well as individual space.
The rigid right-angled lines of the composite marble and aluminium honeycomb panels chosen from the ‘Cut_Paste’ series also cover the gallery’s facades; reminiscent of shapes that might have been collected from an imaginary building site, a fictional dream of the disappearance of modern architecture unravels.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Vienna-born Robert Stadler studied design at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, and the École nationale supérieure de création industrielle, in Paris, where he continues to work. In 1992, he co-founded RADI Designers collective, whose varied practice revolved around the marriage of the everyday and the unusual. In 2001, he began working on solo projects while continuing to collaborate with RADI until its dissolution in 2008. Stadler’s work ranges from furniture, product, and interior design to art-based installations, exhibitions, and curating.
His designs can be found in international collections, including Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden; Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France; MAK, Museum for Applied Arts—Contemporary Art, Vienna; FNAC—Fond National d’art contemporain, Paris; and Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.
Stadler is also represented in ‘Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum’ from April, 26 to September 3, and ‘Waiting Room: Noguchi/Stadler’, an exclusive Installation at the Collective Design Fair, New York, from 2 to 7 May 2017.
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Carpenters Workshop Gallery
693 5th Avenue