The Heart of the Matter
And, even now when there is a lot of talk about the interference of design in the world of art, and there are a lot of examples: chairs, tables and objects reaching high prices in auctions, unique pieces, I must say that, for me, they do not substitute art.
Art is more indirect. Art is more elusive and it is because art sends poetic messages without the intrusion of an implied secondary function, that for the 1+1+1 exhibits I have constructed art works (and I do consider them art) using some bits-and-pieces taken from manufactured objects that I designed, including patterns I did for textiles and decorations from my ceramics. Using them as raw material I have rearranged them, sometimes changing the scale, and installing them in such a way that they are no longer recognisable as products. Decontextualised they are just colours and shapes."
The Heart of the Matter is part of 1+1+1, a project by Elena Quarestani curated by Marco Sammicheli
George Sowden (1942) Born in United Kingdom, he moved to Milan in 1970 where he started his career as a designer and product developer; firstly in the office of Ettore Sottsass, and then as a consultant for Olivetti for whom he designed many important products including the fax machine OFX420, awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1991. During the 1970s his design research and rediscovery of decoration, leads him to become one of the founding members of Memphis - a movement that has influenced the aesthetics and identity of global design since their first exhibition in 1981. In 1990 the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs in Bordeaux organised an anthological exhibition of his work, “George J. Sowden Designing 1970 1990”. He has designed products for many Italian companies including Alessi, Segis, Guzzini as well as Olivetti and for many other important companies around the world including, Swatch, Bodum, Steelcase, Tefal and Moulinex. Parallel to his industrial design work, he has always maintained a passionate interest in craft research, decoration, visual identity and communication. In 2010, to further his personal views, he founded his own name brand - Sowden.
Eun Mo Chung + Bijoy Jain + George Sowden
3.00 to 6:30 pm and by appointment
Monday 27th March 2017
from 6:30 pm
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April from 3:00 to 8:30pm
Drinks from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
A project by Elena Quarestani,
curated by Marco Sammicheli
Water, Air, Light
The Heart Of The Matter
Chung Eun Mo
Shapes and shades
Three authors – a painter, an architect, a designer – have accepted the invitation to share the vast Assab One spaces. Each of them has chosen to produce new works for the occasion, with pieces that confirm the proximity of art, architecture and design.