AGO projects incubator gallery by rodman primack and rudy weissenberg opens otro reino show by LANZA atelier in mexico city

AGO projects incubator gallery by rodman primack and rudy weissenberg opens otro reino show by LANZA atelier in mexico city

titled otro reino, the inaugural exhibition of AGO projects‘ mexico city space brings together a selection of furniture pieces by architecture studio LANZA atelier, as well as a group of neo-neo ceramics by MT objects. the gallery incubator, which is based in new york and recently opened its second outlet in the mexican capital, encourages handcrafted works and supports artists and designers with a heightened level of social and environmental consciousness that strive for a more equitable society. AGO projects' otro reino exhibition opens in mexico city with lanza atelier + MT objectsoverview of the otro reino exhibition at the fifth floor of paseo de la reforma 382

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founded by rudy f. weissenberg and former chief creative officer and executive director of design miami/miami and basel editions, rodman primack, AGO projects is a design-driven practice and designer representation space working together with artists and designers to realize personal projects of various scales. in the exhibition otro reino (another kingdom), the gallery brings together pieces by LANZA atelier, founded in 2015 by isabel abascal and alessandro arienzo, who challenge the limits of objects with nine pieces of furniture, and the works of mauricio paniagua and tony moxham of MT objects, who draw from the broken urban fragments they spot on their daily walks through mexico city’s roma neighborhood to create their bizarre, extravagant ceramic forms. dinner at 8 table and chairs by LANZA atelier

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curated by mario ballesteros, otro reino gathers nine pieces of furniture by LANZA atelier, some of which respond to ‘practical needs’, although ‘we have already seen that this is hardly a normative, narrative, mythical requirement,’ as the curatorial text states. what the nine works respond to is an impractical obsession the studio has, a constant rethinking of the limits of objects and their functions. works include U-shelf, an object that acts as a bookshelf, room divider, and steel stair at once; a chair that can be flat-packed to save space; and chairs that can be changed to become other objects. along with the works of LANZA atelier, the neo-neo ceramics of MT objects add a colorful, bizarre tone to the exhibition space. created by design duo mauricio paniagua and tony moxham, who live in mexico city’s roma neighborhood, the sculptural objects reference urban accidents in their forms, drawing from the broken sidewalks and fragments the two notice on their daily walks in neighborhood’s streets.

LANZA atelier’s reflective three steps table and folding chair

image © designboomAGO projects' otro reino exhibition opens in mexico city with lanza atelier + MT objects single lady desk and chair by LANZA atelier

image © designboomimage © designboom neo-neo ceramic piece takes cues from neolithic formations and urban concrete discoveries

image © designboomLANZA atelier’s folding chair offers a great space-saving solution

image © AGO projectsAGO projects' otro reino exhibition opens in mexico city with lanza atelier + MT objectsthe chair is presented in five stages of folding/unfolding

image © designboom LANZA atelier’s yellow U-shelf has been created in collaboration with atra studio

image © designboom AGO projects' otro reino exhibition opens in mexico city with lanza atelier + MT objectsthe ceramic shaft piercing this brutalist vase s’ymbolically kills the vessel and allows for it’s passage into the afterlife’

image © designboom MT objects’ ceramics sit between two shape shifting furniture pieces by LANZA atelier

image © designboom rather than being glazed, the ceramic pieces are hand-painted

image © designboomthey are painted in impermeabilizante, the ubiquitous roof sealant that can be seen all over latin america

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project info:



exhibition name: otro reino

exhibiting designers: LANZA atelier and MT objects

curator: mario ballesteros

exhibition space: AGO projects

location: paseo de la reforma 382, fifth floor, mexico city, mexico

duration: 23 september – 16 november

opening hours: monday – friday, 11 am – 5 pm

admission: free

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