Ron Arad Bodyguard 2008 Timothy Taylor GalleryCourtesy the artist, Ernest Mourmans and Timothy Taylor Gallery
The grey area between art and design is never more foggy than when a celebrated designer takes his creativity and applies it in an art context. Ron Arad has a justifiably high profile in the design world, and now acclaim for his art is growing. Concurrent to the new works showing at Timothy Taylor Galley, an exhibition at Paris’ Pompidou Centre contains more than 100 pieces of his art work.
The artists design background seems to have given his artwork a uniquely people-centric point of view, so whilst extraordinary in scale and finish, a rocking metal bookshelf was nonetheless recognisable as a usable object. At Tuesday’s private view, visitors to the gallery cast aside propriety and clambered on to Arad’s reinvention of the chair, the Thumbprint, cocooning themselves in organic looking folds of metal made of layered metal rods welded together, sipping cocktails amidst reflected rays.
In addition to the Thumbprint a series of three unique ‘Bodyguard’ pieces are on show. Crafted from inflated aerospace aluminium, cut individually, highly polished and tinted, they are shown with four new and unique ‘Drunk Bodyguards’. These sculptural pieces sway woozily on a single tangent point, balancing, poised in mid-air, reacting to the lightest of touches.
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