From urban outskirts to the gallery: Paolo Gonzato’s ‘barracks’ lamps

The new series of glass lamps Baracche designed by artist Paolo Gonzato is on show at the Camp Design Gallery in Milan until 30 October 2020.

Paolo Gonzato’s Baracche are the ones we see on the outskirts of the city, leaving the city centres by train or next to the ring roads. These instantaneous architectures are usually made from waste materials – especially corrugated sheet metal – and are considered of little formal value. Since 2016, the artist has been inspired by these scruffy landscapes, which he reworks and transforms into refined glass lamps, all different, unique thanks to their “imperfections”.

Started on the occasion of the Turin trade fair Operae in 2016, the work on Baracche was born from the dialogue between the author, the Camp Design Gallery and the artisans of the Cristal King glassworks. At the gallery in Milan, Gonzato will be exhibiting a new series of unique pieces, new types and formal variations until 30 October 2020, even hazarding an imposing, grotesque and goliardic chandelier. In the spaces of the Camp Design Gallery, Gonzato proposes what he calls “a shock of brutalism and ruins of the commercial mall, without possibility of choice but only acceptance of its own cliché.”

Paolo Gonzato
Camp Design Gallery
Opening dates:
until 30 October 2020
via Giovanni Segantini 71, Milan

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