Carpenters Workshop Gallery | Paris will present a new body of work by Vincenzo De Cotiis in the exhibition Éternel which will be the artist’s first solo show in France. The new collection signs the evolution of De Cotiis’ practice towards contemporary art.
Éternel features sculptural pieces that seek to forget functionality and submit to influences of a distant memory of the East. Preoccupied with the weathering effect of time, De Cotiis layered experimental materials into organic geometries.
De Cotiis comments: “The ethereal luminescence and transparency of the materials used, such as Murano glass and iridescent metals, alter perception while the sutures attempt the impossible: patching time…”
During FIAC, the book Vincenzo De Cotiis. Works published by Rizzoli Electa, will be presented, with essays by the author and historian Anne Bony, the design editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine Tom Delavan and the British architect and creative director Joseph Grima.
The Milan-based artist and designer has extended his vision further into the gallery space itself, adding character through his redesign of the space: rough and imperfect surfaces combined with clean and minimalistic details give the gallery a new identity.
Julien Lombrail, director and co-founder of Carpenters Workshop Gallery comments: “We’re delighted to bring the first solo exhibition of Vincenzo De Cotiis to France, with our entire gallery space transformed by his new sculptural works and interior interventions. Continuing our history of collaboration with Vincenzo, with the exhibition En Plein Air in London in 2018 and our exhibition DYSFUNCTIONAL in Venice for the Biennale this year, Éternel marks the next exciting chapter in Vincenzo’s practice, crossing the boundaries between art and design.”
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.