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‘Manufactured Landscapes’ at Friedman Benda, New York

“Imaginary Geographies: Manufactured Landscapes Coffee Table,” 2018, by gt2p, Lenga, Calavera black basalt, 13.75 x 50 x 50 inches, Edition of 8, Friedman Benda, New York
(Courtesy: Friedman Benda)

Friedman Benda is hosting “gt2P: Manufactured Landscapes” – the Chilean collective’s first solo gallery exhibition and a culmination of its four-year research project and collaboration with the gallery.

Following a four-year research project and collaboration with the host gallery, Chilean artistic collective gt2P is now presenting its first solo gallery exhibition at the Friedman Benda gallery in New York. Toying with natural elements, materials and subject matters, the collective’s exhibition is titled “Manufactured Landscapes” and will be on display until June 3, 2018.

“Harvesting from Chile’s chain of 2,000 volcanoes, the second largest and most active in the world, gt2P’s widely acclaimed series features a sculptural manipulation of re-molten petrified lava. Originating from their parametric physical methodology (paracrafting) research project, ‘Remolten’ demonstrates gt2P’s constant interaction of process and material. A series that continues to evolve, ‘Remolten’ has been the antecedent of the ‘Less CPP N2: Lava vs. Porcelain’ lighting project as well as the genesis of a broad range of applications. ‘Remolten’ was recently nominated for London Design Museum’s Beazley Design of the Year award in 2017 and is now held in key museum collections worldwide,” says the gallery.

The “Imaginary Geographies” series, however, portrays the topography of the Andes mountain range. “Derived from recordings of naturally occurring mountain winds, gt2P parametrically transforms the sound compositions into three-dimensional visualizations. The manifestation of this practice is a coffee table and credenza with geographical maps of the Andes recreated in their carved wooden surfaces,” says the gallery. Paying homage to the recently deceased Chilean poet Nicanor Parra, this series incorporates the pentameter from "El Hombre Imaginario,” referring to the natural landscape as an illusionary, metaphysical reflection of the self. With “Imaginary Geographies,” a symbiosis of source and material, gt2P rebuilds the mountain range that shaped Chilean culture and serve as a metaphor for memory and identity.

gt2P (Great Things to People) is a Chilean design, architecture, and art studio founded in 2009. gt2P has been featured in numerous international museum exhibitions, including: The Design Museum, London (2017-2018); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2017); Henan Museum, China (2017); MAXXI Museo Nazionale Delle Arti Del XXI Secolo, Rome (2017); Bellevue Arts Museum (2016), and the Museum of Art and Design, New York (2014). The “Remolten” series will be featured in the upcoming “Raw Design” exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, opening in June. gt2P’s work is held in permanent collections worldwide such as the Denver Art Museum, Colorado, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. The collective is currently located in Santiago, Chile.

The exhibition is on view through June 3, 2018 at Friedman Benda, 515 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001- USA.

For details, visit: http://www.friedmanbenda.com/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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