Carpenters Workshop Gallery is proud to present an ambitious exhibition of contemporary collectible design at EXPO Chicago. Visionary works from the gallery’s most established artists are included, such as Vincenzo de Cotiis, Atelier Van Lieshout, and Rick Owens.
Bronze artworks take centre stage. Virgil Abloh’s cautionary Alaska series warns against the existential threat of rising sea levels, as the solid metal seats quietly disappear into the ground. These are complemented by Ingrid Donat’s Commode Galuchat and Table Basse Anneaux, two examples of her pioneering work in bronze, monumental in scale yet intricately detailed.
Light sculptures by DRIFT and Nacho Carbonell are displayed, following their successful exhibitions respectively in New York and Los Angeles last year. DRIFT’s Fragile Future continues Abloh’s environmental concerns, mediating on the potential symbiosis of technology and nature. The delicate dandelion sculpture is materially contrasted against Carbonell’s Stone Lamp, a hybrid concrete organism.