May 13 - June 25, 2016
Vernissage: Friday, May 13, 6:00-9:00 pm
Giovanni Beltran is pleased to announce Primitive Hut opening Friday, May 13th. The group exhibition, curated by Jonathan Gonzalez, explores material primacy through the work of 7 international designers.
Primitive Hut looks to examine making through elemental beginnings. The pieces, both new and existing, have been chosen for their willingness to allow material to dictate both formal and functional outcomes, while building upon and reacting against a history of teaching, learning and making in design. Each of the seven designers in the show has selected a material specific to them:
Aluminum - Deon Rubi
Carbon Fiber - Jonathan Muecke
Red Metals - Gabrielle Baez
Rope - Brian Booth
Steel - Jonathan Nesci
Stone - Jessica Martin
Wood - Lex Pott
Presented together the body of work is aware of its position within contemporary design, it’s larger market and more abstractly notions of luxury and potency. The control of each designer over their chosen material allows for a new reading of “objects”, one in which the most basic starting points end in a less than primitive merging of beauty and function. Design as a new necessity affords those that are making to challenge given signs and reassess value through a heightened control of aesthetics outside trend. The work presented here establishes its own bar.
To accompany the exhibition Giovanni Beltran has published its first design journal titled: Primitive Hut. Primitive Hut examines design through a collection of new writings, drawings and essays on elemental beginnings.
The curio looks at design exhibition with a critique on “retail” through suggestive object placement and an impenetrable facade. Each work can be posed as either common good or work of art. Store Front is composed of six distinct furniture pieces and objects of design. Each with a minimalist, geometric silhouette, they’re relieved by intricate, handcrafted detail.
As rigid as it is playful, The Storefront presents the duality of successful contemporary design. Vibrant color, clean finishes and organic materials bring interest and levity into minimalism, creating one-of-a-kind luxury pieces.
Giovanni Beltran is pleased to present a collection of furniture designed by the design duo NUN [Jessica Martin and Deon Rubi] in collaboration with Office GA [Jonathan Gonzalez]. The curated exhibition EGOT is part of Design Pub, the Design District partner event of Maison et Objet.
The show will present three new pieces exploring the multitude of influences bombarding the three designers. Material, form, color and space help shape the collection in this ready-to-wear design mash-up.
The show will be on exhibit Monday May 9 - 13 from 9 - 6pm daily at the Palm Court in the Design District. Opening reception Monday May 9, from 11-3pm.