On view from May 13 – November 14, 2022
Garrison, New York | April 26, 2022 – Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center is happy to announce its collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art to current Formafantasma at Manitoga’s Dragon Rock: Designing Nature. The set up will probably be on view within the House and Studio from May 13 by November 14, 2022.
Always within the advanced relationship between design and the pure world, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of the design duo Formafantasma current a choice of works in dialogue with Manitoga – the home, studio, and surrounding panorama of the famend American designer Russel Wright (1904-1976). An iconic instance of modernist structure within the idyllic Hudson Valley area, “Dragon Rock” – Wright’s residence and studio – is made from stone, wooden and glass, and was conceived in dialogue with the panorama wherein it was constructed.
Since founding their studio, Trimarchi and Farresin have developed a coherent physique of labor characterised by experimental materials investigations and have explored points akin to the connection between custom and native tradition, crucial approaches to sustainability and the importance of objects as cultural conduits. This set up supplied the possibility to come across Wright’s work exterior of his mastery of business design, they usually took a collaborative strategy to their curation to make sure that the works on view have interaction in crucial dialog with their environment. The choice of objects that will probably be on view at Dragon Rock, offered in concord with the structure of the house, focuses totally on Formafantasma’s early works. In these items, the analysis of supplies and desire for the natural encounter – in each acquainted and surprising methods – Wright’s experimental angle and his imaginative and prescient of structure as an extension of the encircling panorama.
This set up showcases the parallel nature of Formafantasma and Wright’s practices; every working intuitively with their environment with the intention to produce a seamless collaboration. However, for Trimarchi and Farresin, deciding on work for the set up required the extra consideration of the numerous pre-existing narratives already in dialog at Manitoga; that of the home, of the landscaping and of Wright’s private apply. In the tip, the curatorial course of unearthed a fruitful recognition of structure inside their very own work and allowed them to deal with the home not merely as a gallery house, however relatively to introduce the objects in a nuanced and seamless approach. Though the duo has proven their work many occasions within the United States and has collaborated with museums on acquisitions, they’re thrilled to be collaborating with Manitoga on their first site-specific set up within the nation.
Manitoga is open by guided tour solely, Friday by Monday, starting on May 13, 2022. Advance tickets required at visitmanitoga.org.
The set up is feasible with the assist of Galleria Giustini / Stagetti, Rome.
“Magazzino is proud to partner with Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center for the first time in welcoming the Italian design duo Formafantasma. It’s an honor to work closely with a neighboring institution with whom we share such strong values centered on community, nature and architecture. Marking our third collaboration with a local arts organization, we are excited to welcome Formafantasma to the Hudson Valley, where the designers will create subtle interventions within some of the most intimate yet communal spaces at Dragon Rock and enter into a unique dialogue with the work of Russel Wright, the architecture of the house and studio, and its surrounding landscape.”
Vittorio Calabrese, Director of Magazzino
“The launch of the Russel & Mary Wright Design Gallery final 12 months (2021) inside Dragon Rock at Manitoga opened up new programmatic prospects, together with the chance to ask designers together with visible and performing artists to interact in dialogue with Wright’s legacy at Manitoga. Formafantasma and Russel Wright share a broad design attain, throughout medium and scale, from object to atmosphere with targeted consideration to kind, materiality and technique. Although separated by virtually a century, the work of each addresses environmental issues and asks if design generally is a steward of nature and our future…Through partnership [with Magazzino], we sit up for enriching and amplifying the colourful arts and design neighborhood within the
Allison Cross, Executive Director of Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center
Andrea Trimarchi (1983) and Simone Farresin (1980) are Studio Formafantasma, an Italian design duo primarily based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Their curiosity in product design developed on the IM grasp course at Design Academy Eindhoven, the place they graduated in July 2009. Since then, Formafantasma has developed a coherent physique of labor characterised by experimental materials investigations and explored points akin to the connection between custom and native tradition, crucial approaches to sustainability and the importance of objects as cultural conduits. In perceiving their function as a bridge between craft, trade, object and consumer, they’re keen on forging hyperlinks between their research-based apply and a wider design trade. Their work has been exhibited internationally in museums akin to MoMA, New York, US; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US; The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, US; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FR; Textiel Museum, Tilburg, NL; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; MUDAC, Lausanne, CH; Mint Museum of Craft and Design, North Carolina, US; and the MAK Museum, Vienna, AT. In March 2011, Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and esteemed design critic Alice Rawsthorn listed their studio amongst a handful of practices that might form the way forward for design.
Located in Cold Spring, New York, Magazzino Italian Art is a museum and analysis heart devoted to advancing scholarship and public appreciation of postwar and up to date Italian artwork within the United States. The nonprofit museum serves as an advocate for Italian artists because it celebrates the vary of their artistic practices from Arte Povera to the current. Through its curatorial, scholarly, and public initiatives, Magazzino explores the impression and enduring resonances of Italian artwork on a world degree.
Meaning “warehouse” in Italian, Magazzino was co-founded by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu. The 20,000 square-foot museum, designed by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo, opened its doorways in 2017, creating a brand new cultural hub and neighborhood useful resource throughout the Hudson Valley.
Admission is free to the general public.
Located in Garrison, New York, roughly one hour north of New York City, Manitoga is the previous residence, Dragon Rock, and 75-acre woodland panorama of American industrial designer Russel Wright (1904-1976). Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark and one of many few twentieth century trendy houses with authentic panorama open to the general public. Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center stewards Manitoga because the embodiment of Wright’s design philosophy and life’s work and celebrates good design for dwelling in artistic concord with nature by applications and occasions. In 2021, the Russel & Mary Wright Design Gallery opened to the general public, providing a everlasting onsite show of the Wrights’ groundbreaking designs for the American residence.
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