Milan – Gallery Peep-Hole presents Anno Tropico – Tropical/Solar Year in English -, the first solo exhibition of Formafantasma design duo in Italy. On show experimental lighting-design projects that explore the border zones between design, architecture and contemporary art.
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Formafantasma’s Anno Tropico exhibition reveals the process and research that lie behind the creation of an object. Guests walk thorough three different rooms each showing a different stages of design. From drawings and technical sheets pinned on walls to the creation of individual designs… The last room showcases site-specific installations that shifts experimentation to an architectural scale.
The designers worked on different materials like brass, lenses and prismatic sheets that reflects geometrical patterns on raw concrete to show how light can be modeled to give shape to bare spaces. From a suspended branch projecting light to a metal surface directed to a wall to large brass rings creating halos on the floors but also simple candle holders and sculpural light-designs.
“We have a profound consideration of the historical, political and social implications of design, in an alternative and sustainable approach to materials and their use in production” say Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma.
As underlined by its name, Peep-Hole encourages people to take a closer look at artists’ practices through an articulated cultural program. The independent art center is located in the Fonderia Battaglia (via Stilicone 10), a residential/post-industrial district where craftmen used to make use of investment casting techniques – that means working on a wax matrix to create clay moulds and then pouring fuse bronze in it.
The work-in-progress imprint of the site matches the more contemporary design installation that shines a light to the genesis of more industrial designs. The opening hours of Anno Tropico exhibition will vary depending on seasonal changes of lighting conditions.
Photos by Enrico Zilli – ArchiPanic.