Lucite and Resin Artists at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016
Besides the very strong GLASS section there was a small group of artists who explored LUCITE and RESIN at the Architectural Digest Design Show 2016. Here are a few of our favorites as chosen by the editors of Design Life Network.
With her debut at the AD Design Show last year, Elyse Graham was one of the hot booths of that exhibition. It is not easy to top a launch like that, but Los Angeles-based artist Graham not only topped herself, but raised her game another notch. The new work took resin in a “ceramic” direction and built off her extremely publicized drip mirrors making them out of cast bronze and adding new lighting. Her work this year is more refined and more upscale then the original pop-like version of her products from last year. Gone is the day-glow color and a more sophisticated palette has developed using complex colored-metallic.
Part of the Toronto art scene, artist Smantha Sandbrook does not like to limit herself. She paints, sculpts, and even creates complete interiors. But, Sandbrook focused on her minimalist and playful lucite sculptures for this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show . The work was youthful and refreshing. It has a modern luxury that Sandbrook cultivates in all her interior work. Our favorite part of the offering were a collection call “Sundisks,” which appear like simple clear and metallicized rounds suspended from the wall much like a Donald Judd installation.
OUTING ART GALLERY PRESENTING ANA GIOVINAZZO
Argentine-based Outing Art Gallery presented one of their own, artist Ana Giovinazzo. Giovinazzo creates cast resin sculptures that are clean, geometric, and carefully crafted. The works all stand about twelve inches tall and build on the artist’s early study and work with ceramics and mold making. Resin can be a difficult and unforgiving medium and often cracks when curing, making pieces that work more rare and something Giovinazzo excels at.
One of the more unusual and unexpected booths at this year’s Architectural Digest Design Show was that of artist Nobel Truong. A young industrial designer and artist, the Los Angeles-based Truong work was of lucite cactus. The designer, who is influenced by Modernist movements like the Bauhaus and by Memphis showed yellow-green cut-out desert plants placed directly on the ground. While momentarily interesting, the young designer may need to search deeper for his voice and push toward more sophisticated constructions. The seemingly arbitrary placement directly on the ground also might have been better resolved.