Nucleo, a Turin-based interdisciplinary art and design collective, is pleased to present two new tables at "IL FUTURO NELLE MANI, Artieri domani" (The Future in the Hands, Artificers tomorrow), an exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the unification of Italy. Where the exhibition itself, curated by Enzo Biffi Gentilli, is "inspired by the international expos of industry and work hosted by Turin in 1911 and in 1961," Nucleo's works allude to Italian history as it might be embodied by contemporary design.
Piergiorgio Robino and Stefania Fersini's "Carboniferous" refers to the "illegal congregation of the Carbonari and tells the Italian story of secrecy and conspiracy." The aggressive, crystalline form immediately evokes graphite or charcoal, though the faux-anthracite surface is actually composed of honeycomb cardboard covered with fiberglass, finished with carbon fiber.
Meanwhile, "1000 Camicle Rosse" by Robino and Alice C. Occleppo is meant to capture the passion of Garibaldi's army. It consists of 1,000 crimson shirts individually encased in blocks of resin to comprise a coherent whole. Each is frozen, unified in a functional structure, scarcely containing a visceral appeal of the color.
Nucleo specifically chose to interpret the table as a vessel of cultural and historical significance: it is a quintessential article of furniture, a nucleus for social activity in a variety of contexts from domestic to religious.
150° ESPERIENZA ITALIA
IL FUTURO NELLE MANI, Artieri domani.
Curated by Enzo Biffi Gentili
OFFICINE GRANDI RIPARAZIONI
Corso Castelfidardo 22
Through November 20, 2011