“You should not be able to go from home to work without passing through a forest” Alvar Aalto
Créée spécialement pour le Design Miami / Art Basel 2010 qui a fermé ses portes il y a quelques jours, CERES est une collection de luminaires en édition limitée, imaginée par la designer Lindsey Adelman pour l’éditeur américain Matter.
Pure poésie ..
About « Ceres » by Bevin Cline :
« Built on a substantially larger scale than her previous pieces, this new work, designed for Design Miami, expands upon Lindsey’s ongoing investigation of the intersection between natural and manmade. Continuing to work with pristine metal rods and joints, which are machine art in and of themselves, she has created a winter forest, which invites you to wander through and among each sinuous tree. Her assemblages of floor lamps, chandeliers and sconces evoke “trees, ” “clouds” and “branches” in an enchanted and perhaps abandoned dream-like wood where perhaps the seasons converge – both growth and frost existing simultaneously. Forgoing her signature round glass bulbs, Lindsey animates these slender branches with chromatic linear glass lighting elements; some trees are lit sparingly and others are resplendent.
Nature in this copse is animate: the spindly rods of her trunks and branches bear witness to time’s inevitable passage; metallic barnacle-like forms have grown, as have variously shaped thorns (some precariously sharp) and bronze chestnuts, water chestnuts, acorns and twigs which can be found affixed to the arms and joints of the trees. These beguiling cast “natural” components are also fused to the lustrous, glass tubes that, in places, encircle the work’s armature and evoke ice on tree limbs in winter. Upon closer look, a few of these enveloping icy elements are lightly etched or sprayed with gold perhaps invoking moss or fungus. Still there is more germination — even the metal framework itself has sprouted wooden additions. The more one explores this mystical forest, perhaps in search of a secret secluded aerie, the more discoveries are made among these trees which, attached to the ceiling by a cable, may turn gently as one passes.
Lindsey’s work affirms nature and, simultaneously, declares hers to be industrial, man-made art. It is both playful chicanery and a statement of human vulnerability and fallibility, reminding us that man can never truly approach what nature creates. This forest, with its multi faceted natural references, speaks to both the boundless and magical beauty of nature and also, engendered by such ambiguities as thorns that eerily could be porcupine quills and barnacles growing on tree branches, to the ominous and threatening possibility of nature gone awry. There is danger in this wood, but of a very seductive sort.
Each piece of the installation is a separate work: chandelier, sconce or floor lights and can be installed separately or in groups. Each fixture will be available in editions of ten. »
Photos © Joseph De Leo