Feierabend is a collaborative installation between Karl Fritsch, Martino
Gamper and Francis Upritchard bringing together the shared aesthetic in
their distinctive approaches to jewellery, furniture design, and
Upritchard’s ongoing series of figures in washed-out hues are
interspersed among Gamper’s re-interpretation of household furnishings,
infected and embellished with Fritsch’s rough and imperfect rings. Lit
by handmade lamps, together they create an intimate setting, a place of
sanguine and unsettling dreams.
Wandering in the cluster of a hidden settlement amongst a gathering of
tables and chairs, sprouting with lamps, rough silver cups. Remade and
careworn, these objects are familiar but transformed, evolved, shaped
and branching to their own internal logic. Rings and stones peek out,
imbedded in the wood or posing as handles, the furniture organically
mutating and sprouting its own ornamentation.
This might be a workshop abandoned at the end of day’s work, or a
sitting room left in abstracted disarray, its only inhabitants a set of
sculpted figures who seem lost in their own meditations. This is an
alternative world, where a community has developed to a diminutive set
of holy fools, busy with ever-receding aspirations.
FRANCIS UPRITCHARD (born 1976 New Zealand, lives and works in London)
Upritchard will represent New Zealand at the 53rd Venice Biennale 7 June
– 22 November 2009. Recent exhibitions in 2008 include Rainwob II,
Artspace, Sydney; Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art
Gallery and Rainwob II, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New
MARTINO GAMPER (born 1971 Merano, Italy, lives and works in London)
Recent exhibitions in 2008 include Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Somerset House
curated by Emily King; Manifesta 7, Fortezza, Italy and Designer of the
Year, Design Museum, London.
KARL FRITSCH (born 1963 Sonthofen, lives and works in Munich)
Exhibitions in 2007 include Metrosideros Robusta, Stedelijk Museum
S`Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands; Estonian Museum of Applied Art and
Design, Tallinn, Estonia, and in 2008 Royal Melbourne Institute of
Technology, Melbourne and Neues Museum Nürnberg in cooperation with the
International Design Museum, Munich.
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