Clean lines, precious materials, very fine artisan techniques: this is the contemporary baroque for Vincenzo De Cotiis. It is from this contemporary vision of the ornate that the retrospective of him is born at the Carpenters Gallery in New York, entitled Baroquisme. A collection of seats, lamps, sculptural tables that convey the idea of a baroque that does not fear horror vacui, but it is precisely in the void or in the juxtapositions that enhances its forms.
The precious materials are cast brass of silver, French marble, Murano glass - combined with contemporary elements such as glass fiber. The artist describes himself: “The design is certainly generating part of the idea. The organic gestures of Baroquisme are the result of a long design process in order to obtain the shapes I had in my mind. A continuous chisel, to remove and add; similar to the work of a sculptor or the drawings of Giacometti. Often, I already have in mind what kind of material I want to use; sometimes it’s precisely the material itself that modifies or enriches the work during the construction process, leading to surprising results”. The glass, which De Cotiis describes as “the most ambiguous of matter”, is shaped into shapes and infused with color in unexpected ways, and refers to the escape of ink suspended in the liquid.
- Carpenters Workshop Gallery
- Opening dates:
- 26 April - 23 June
- 693 Fifth Avenue, New York