Private and public spaces know no boundaries. The result: light and space in Berlin
Pardo merges art and life: private and public spaces know no boundaries.
Jorge Pardo initially studied painting at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and then quickly developed a fascination for the modernist architecture of the greater Los Angeles area. In addition to series of chairs, tables and lamps, his best-known projects also include a house that was built in 1998 for an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and then served as the artist's home. An important aspect of Pardo's work is to remove the boundaries between spaces, between private and public areas, art and life.
For his current, now eleventh, solo exhibition at neugerriemschneider in Berlin, he was inspired by his second adopted home, alongside New York, Merida, (Mexico), the capital of the state of Yucatan. The main motif that runs through the exhibition in various forms are iron window grilles, which are omnipresent in Merida. Initially used as purely protective and thus demarcating architectural elements, window grilles have gradually been integrated into the environment through their design.
Their meaning changes depending on the spatial perspective - public and private, outside and inside. For Pardo, they exemplify the adaptation of the built world to the life that takes place in it. He combines these grid structures with a series of large-format paintings using various techniques, with which he refers to the art historical motif of the "window picture". His paintings combine a variety of image sources, ranging from photographs of various window grids to smartphone screenshots from Pardo's everyday life Reproductions of works of art range.
Groups of hand-blown light sculptures hang throughout the exhibition space, whose individual shapes are based on the uniqueness of organic bodies. The glass objects made in the Harzkristall glass factory are enclosed in brass casings, which trace their contours without touching them and pick up the motif of the window grille. With their light that shines through between the bars, they symbolize the open border between private and public space.
Pendant light "Doppelkugel Berlin"
With the Paul Löbe House as inspiration, where the Bundestag canteen is located, Our designers captured the facets of the city of Berlin and developed the “Doppelkugel Berlin” pendant light. As the name suggests, the unique glass work of art is not just a simply covered light source, but also has double glazing, which could hardly underline its individualistic character and historical reference better. Just like the designer Jorge Pardo.
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