Title: “Contemporary DNA”
Date: 10:00 AM March 2 to 6:00 PM April 22, 2023
Venue: Friedman Benda New York
Address: 515 W 26th St 1st Floor
Subway: C or E train to 23rd Street
Event Website: www.friedmanbenda.com
In the seminal Florence designer and architect’s third solo exhibition at Friedman Benda, Andrea Branzi’s post-war voice transmutes intuitive process and research into physical forms of three new bodies of work: Roots, Germinal Seats, and Buildings. Through the wooden sculptural works, self-described as “neoprimitivism,” Branzi’s industrial sensibility understands objects as living presences to be related to psychologically, symbolic, and poetically: the fragments of a barely-known anthological universe.
The first two bodies, Roots and Germinal Seats, in their sculptures of sticks, bamboo, and driftwood, highlights a dichotomy of commodity and nature. Things abandoned become the preserved relics of an unknown, noble past. They are the architectural artifacts of another complex world, colorfully industrial and precisely artisanal. The last, Buildings, is constructed of a series of cabinets and vessels for the personal artifacts of the quotidian. Branzi frames urbanism not in infrastructure, but the micro-environments of memory.
Artist: Andrea Branzi
Watch Andrea Branzi’s three-part interview with design historian Dr. Catharine Rossi HERE.
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