Domestic Appeal at Chamber NYC
Matylda Krzykowski returns to Chamber gallery for the third instalment of her four-part exhibition series. Continuing her exploration of Richard Hamilton’s seminal collage, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, the curator dedicates this show to the exploration of desire.
How has consumer choice changed in the last half-century? Returning for the third of four showcases at New York’s Chamber gallery, curator Matylda Krzykowski mounts Domestic Appeal (3 March to 22 April). Stemming from her research of Pop Art forefather Richard Hamilton and his seminal 1956 collage: Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, this latest installment will explore the primal understanding of desire. How has this collective condition evolved the act of consumption; how we buy and use products? How have design and material culture responded? How do our temptations and material fantasies manifest themselves with our personal spaces?
Domestic Appeal will showcase one-of-a-kind and limited edition objects destined for the home. However, these pieces derive from the individual response, expression and interpretation of each talent. Highlights will include the Monolith series by Swiss designer Dimitri Bähler. Responding to human posture, these sublime forms push the structural properties of stone and glass to new extremes. The works function as both furniture and tableware. French designer Ferréol Babin takes on a similar duality. His Bark, Chewed, Coal Soul, and Crushed Candy lamp-cum-tables are formed in various material combinations that, in the designer’s own words, are either attractive or repulsive. Such an emotional and guttural response correlates perfectly to the notion of desire. In true reflexive fashion, the works on show take on the culturally-determined forms in which they are responding to.
Other exhibitors include Andy and Dave, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Tom Hancocks, Jochen Holz, Carl Emil Jacobsen, James Shaw with Soft Baroque, Bertille Laguet, Lucas Maassen & Margriet Craens, Florian Milker, Edgar Mosa and Raw Color. As with every show in this series, Krzykowski will commission an artist to compose a new collage, that in many ways will offer a conclusive thought. This time around, the curator worked with Copenhagen-based Wang & Söderstrom.
Collection 3: Domestic Appeal
Chamber: 515 W 23rd St. New York, NY 10026
3 March to 22 April.