During the upcoming Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2014, FRAGILE will open a new space conceived for contemporary design which overlooks the internal yard of San Damiano 2 gallery, and will present the exhibition LUCE CONTINUA by Stefano Galuzzi, curated by Anty Pansera, with the Patronage of Comune di Milano, from April 8th to 18th 2014 with free entrance.
Suggestive light-objects highly characterized in their sensual and material features. Small porphyry and marble sculptures from which light spreads and discreetly reveals itself. “Courtesy lights, made for meditation, to be gazed at as if it was a candle light”, that's how the designer describes them. Creations whose functionality lies in the pleasure given by their presence and by the contact with their physical nature.
“Sculpture Lamps”, this small but fine collection of six pieces that the designer/photographer offers us, which at a first glance reveal, with their strong personality, right the “story” of their designer. Stefano Galuzzi is a well known fashion photographer, and, behind him, classical studies and a degree in modern literature, with history of art and cinema among the most intriguing subjects. And then light, as an expressive tool to better understand, explore, discover. And light sources: designed as a way to break the rules “of photography” and challenge the limits. A “non-traditional” use of light at that time, which he would apply again in portraits too. “Luminous objects” to create moods, arouse emotions, suggesting/maybe revealing details in the shadows, and then reflections. “Luminous objects” that are, however, also characters. Who make us talk about them even when the light goes off, thanks to the “light held” due to their particular “shaping”: characters assembled in strict geometric shapes that interact with spheres-hemispheres/lids that block the light output but that can be moved or even removed, and that facilitate access to the light source, a halogen lamp, without transformer and a ceramic lamp holder.
But a lot is told by the material Stefano Galuzzi favoured for this series: marble. A non-random selection, which, in turn, suggests other stories, even in the range of those selected.
The Belgian Black, to start with, smooth, with light bright dots, mysteriously elegant, which does not reveal its nature of metamorphic rock at the outset, allowing the exaltation of the shape in which it is “forged”. Porphyry Valcamonica then: a unique stone in the world, with its uniform brownish purple colour, a choice linked to the unforgettable pages of “Memoirs of Hadrian” by Marguerite Yourcenar. Finally, Basalt also known and employed since the times of the Romans, a lava stone, compact, and grey as concrete that again brings us back to the past. Luminous objects in marble, “hand-made”. Small architectures as their name suggests, LC1 (in Porphyry Valcamonica), LC2 (in Belgium Black), LC3 (again in Porphyry), LC4 (in Belgium Black), LC5 and LC6 (in Basalt).