First entry: Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11:14
With nine works, six of which are new, Costas Lampridis makes his first solo exhibition at the Carpenters Workshop in Paris. The exhibition “Elemental Folds” highlights the aesthetic approach of the Greek artist, who with objects he finds and a wide range of materials he combines recreates – but also pays tribute to emblematic furniture – such as the famous Badminton Cabinet of the 18th century (the most expensive furniture ever sold) and the Carlton Bookcase (by Ettore Sotsass, who defined the Postmodernism of the Memphis Group in the 1980s).
In order to create his works, Lampridis collects objects from all over Athens that their owners have discarded, and “assembles” them, horizontally and vertically, without prioritizing. Pieces of cement, stones, ceramics, wood and plastics “live” with broken marble objects, faience tiles, bamboo baskets, rattan, plastic garden chairs and more. With his choice, Lamprides launches a dialogue between the greatness of Baroque and what some may consider “garbage”.
Lampridis’s aesthetic approach is summed up by his work “Elemental Cabinet”, the focus of the collection of works to be exhibited. The source of inspiration was the Badminton Cabinet (or Badminton Chest), commissioned in 1726 by 19-year-old Henry Somerset, 3rd Duke of Beaufort. Six years of work by 30 craftsmen were required to create the furniture that took its name from the Duke’s Badminton House in Gloucestershire, England. It remained there until it was auctioned off by its descendants in the late 20th century; at a 1990 auction it sold for ,5 8.58 million, setting a world record for a furniture auction. In a second auction in December 2004, he set a world record for the second time, selling for 19 19 million. In “Elemental Cabinet”, Lampridis uses materials such as marble, faience tiles and plaster at the base and passes, vertically, to materials such as metal, wood and plastic, putting on top a “remodeled” electronic clock.
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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 11:14