SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition from March 29 to June 30 of new works by Michael Anastassiades. This exhibition is his first in Hong Kong and second with the gallery. Having been working for more than 20 years in lighting and furniture design, Michael Anastassiades is known for his unique aesthetic highly appraised in both fine art and industrial design. Designs such as Mobile Chandelier and String Lights have remarked his leading role in the field. His design philosophy is to preserve the inherent qualities of a given material. Through his practice, he aims to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction. Between light and shadow, form and stasis, object and space, Anastassiades' works are at once disciplined and obsessive with a playfulness that inspires a vitality one might not expect.
The new exhibition will display lighting and furniture pieces designed specifically for the space. Two pendant lights Down the Line and In Between the Lines in Anastassiades' signature material of brass, feature linear representations with lighting in nearly 275cm height. Blah Blah and Blah Blah Blah serve as curvilinear hook-shaped objects coming out of the wall. The stools Horafia, Kastellorizo are the result of the designer's intriguing encounter with a cut section of a date tree. Found during one of Anastassiades' regular hikes on Kastellorizo, the tree sections were placed on the side of the road by a boat propped up on sills while on repair. They were closely trimmed to the bark and meticulously rounded. 3-D scanned and produced in basaltina stone, the stools resemble early pieces by Lynda Benglis. They represent the spontaneous gesture of creating an object that might at first appear obvious, but then manage to synchronise so many associations that its original intended function becomes irrelevant. The exhibition is a careful and precise arrangement that reaches a reconciliation between the organic and inorganic.
All other designs by Michael Anastassiades are available upon request at SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery.
Press release courtesy SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery.