Carpenters Workshop Gallery | New York is pleased to present Baroquisme, a solo gallery exhibition of works by contemporary Italian designer Vincenzo De Cotiis, from April 26th through June 23rd. The exhibition, the artist’s second in the US, will present the sculptural collection Baroquisme, the artist’s tribute to the daring, experimental spirit of the Italian Baroque.
In the series, De Cotiis emphasizes decoration vis-à-vis an architectural sensibility, creating a contemporary twist of shapes and functions by pairing precious noble materials – silvered castbrass, French marble, Murano glass – steeped in rich artistic heritage with unexpected contemporary materials such as fiberglass.
The artist’s perspective: “The design is certainly generating part of the idea. The organic gestures of Baroquisme are the result of a long design process in order to obtain the shapes I had in my mind. A continuous chisel, to remove and add; similar to the work of a sculptor or the drawings of Giacometti. Often, I already have in mind what kind of material I want to use; sometimes it’s precisely the material itself that modifies or enriches the work during the construction process, leading to surprising results.”
Comprised of 15 sculptural designs, the collection of seating, lighting, tables and cabinets are editioned or one-of-a-kind pieces. Each work is handmade by Italian artisans with specific material specializations including masters of glasswork in Murano. The glass, which the artist describes as ‘the most ambiguous of matter’, is molded in shapes and infused with color in unanticipated ways, evoking the sinuous expansion of an ink spill suspended in liquid.
Vincenzo De Cotiis, architect and artist was born in 1958 in Gonzaga, Italy. He studied architecture at the Milan Politecnico and founded his studio and gallery in 1997.
The beauty of the patina generated by time is the leitmotiv that is reflected both in his architectural and luxury interior designs throughout the world. A research that is based on a contemporary appropriation of recycled materials, often marked by time and wear, and reinterpreted through the integration of new and precious materials. The creative process is the outcome of a constant intellectual and artistic layering, fueled by a precise artisan lymph.
An aesthetic infused with "perfect imperfection" is obtained by initial decomposition followed by recomposition, passing through the use of new materials and their expressive potential, thus generating works that recall nature in the abstract.
Vincenzo De Cotiis is considered one of the protagonists of the international contemporary design scene. His works, highly collectible unique pieces, are exhibited at his gallery in Milan, and at leading international design fairs, such as Design Miami / Basel, PAD London, Design Dubai, TEFAF and Art Paris.