Studio Christian Wassmann | New Platonic Objects
February 2014 – August 2014
Medium "Dodecahedron" chandelier and optical instrument with three yellow lenses, three blue lenses, three red lenses, and three clear lenses, in poured polyurethane resin. Edition 1 of 9 with 2 APs. 14" D / 35.56cm D.
Exhibited in Fall 2014 at the dec)curation curated by Steven Volpe, R & Company, NYC, and during the summer at the Watermill Center Benefit Auction and Gray Area East Hampton.
Andras Balla, Joana Bem-Haja, Sofia Pia Belenky, Brent Solomon
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“Wassmann’s interest in platonic solids derives from his obsession with beauty found in geometry. For this exhibition, he has created five objects that demonstrate how these forms can fulfill the basic needs of someone inhabiting a space. This architectural approach to furniture design incorporates absolute geometric forms into versatile objects of daily life: a pillow, a stool/chair, table,lamp/optical device and a vase/urn. Wassmann sees these as existential objects that invite the human body to experience or use them, allowing them to change shape and function upon one’s encounter or engagement with them.
Each of the five objects in the exhibition is based on one of the five platonic solids - tetrahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron - a series of symmetrical polygons with four, six, eight, twelve, and twenty faces, that have been a source of wonder among artists, philosophers, and designers since antiquity. Over the years, Wassmann has experimented with these forms in material studies and devised five pieces, each of which serves at least two functions. All of Wassmann’s work encompasses a philosophy that design and architecture do not necessarily abide by the Modernist ideology ‘form follows function’ – rather they present how ‘form performs function’.”
Exhibited in Fall 2014 and curated by Steven Volpe, R & Company, NYC, and during the summer at the Watermill Center Benefit Auction and Gray Area East Hampton.