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"Hubble 9000" Screen by Roberto Rida and Simone Crestani, Italy, 2019

$125,000

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Named for the telescope that allows us glimpses of the galaxy, this screen expands Rida & Crestani’s contemplation of the natural to encompass all existence. The darkness of the universe is inverted by the sublimity of lustrous gold, pierced by pockets of air which allude to the capturing of light in the creation of images. Nine thousand nails hold this work together, reminding us of the minuscule atoms that, in their careful arrangement, are the building blocks for all life. Part of the DUETTO Series. Each panel is 16.5" wide Roberto Rida (b. 1943) Roberto Rida’s alchemical works are all founded on the same underlying ingredients: research into rare materials and perfection of craft. His contrary style negates the rationalist principles of functionality and reproducibility, often utilizing rare materials no longer in production. Rida’s works are the result of his constant need to Challenge himself while adhering to technical demands. His thorough art historical knowledge, particularly of 20th century design, was cultivated during his time as a dealer in his hometown of Milan. He then became an expert in the work of Fontana Arte and the glass masters of Murano, resulting in a fascination with covering his own lighting and furniture designs with cut glass and crystal. Regardless of the fluctuating trends in the design world, Rida’s juxtaposition of historical citations invite us to partake in his imaginative freedom. His works are objects of vitality that speak with and to us through their bold design and brilliant color. Simone Crestani (b. 1984) Simone Crestani was becoming a medium for the expressions of glass before he had any intention of dedicating his life to the craft. At the age of fifteen, Crestani began apprenticing under Massimo Lunardon, a glass master also from the town of Marostica, near Venice. After ten years, Crestani opened his own atelier in 2010, and is now regarded as a master in his own right, regularly invited as a visiting artist and instructor to prestigious institutions worldwide. He is recognized for his developments in the flameworking technique he calls “hollow sculpture” for borosilicate glass, which permits a mesmerizing level of detail. Crestani has come to see the process of shaping glass as allowing the glass to grow into its own identity, coaxing it to equilibrium. Through scale and material, Crestani transmutes natural forms into objects of delicacy and contemplation. DUETTO is a suite of decorative art objects manifested in collaboration by two masters of contemporary Italian design, Roberto Rida and Simone Crestani. Housed within the storied walls of the Bernd Goeckler Gallery, this conjoined practice was championed by Goeckler's niece Katja Hirche, who in the last few years rose to the role of Gallery Director, forging new directions to pursue programming that reflects current design dialogues. Duetto mirrors a time of growth for the gallery, which this year celebrates 30 years as an authority of integral antiques and historical design, and now, as a vital space for connection and inspiration in the world of contemporary collectible design. As Crestani shares, “We tried to merge our own universe to create an alternate one. Every piece is unique and related to my interest in the natural, while also with extreme emphasis on the materials Roberto is known for." The work here plays with notions of materiality; subverting expectations around the fragility of glass, and the strength of metal. In Rida’s words, “Duetto embodies the sensitivity and mutual respect between two artists.” As a whole, the collection eludes conventional categorization, occupying a rarified, liminal space that attempts to collapse and expand the hierarchy that sets Fine art above Craft, while igniting broader conversations about the sensual objects that shape and enrich our lives.

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  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 66.75 in. (169.55 cm)Width: 66 in. (167.64 cm)Depth: 6 in. (15.24 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2019
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(One of a Kind)
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: RC-11stDibs: LU995916777562

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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