faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020

for NGV triennial 2020, faye toogood brings her own designs for furniture, lighting, scenography, sculpture, and large-scale tapestries in dialogue with seventeenth-century artworks from the NGV collection. titled ‘downtime: daytime, candlelight, moonlight’, the installation comprises three designed and curated spaces, each alluding to the lighting effects present in the historical artworks. using her own innovative designs as a connecting device to the past, the british designer plunges visitors deep into a period sensibility that witnessed the birth of capitalism and the enlightenment.faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020all images (unless otherwise stated): installation view of faye toogood’s work ‘downtime: daylight, candlelight, moonlight’ 2020 on display in NGV triennial 2020 © faye toogood. all photos by tom ross

 

 

faye toogood has designed three spaces for her installation, ‘downtime: daylight, candlelight, moonlight’, at the NGV triennial 2020. each space alludes to the qualities of light and the cycle of day to night present in the historical artworks on display. at the same time, toogood creates a dialogue between her own designs and the selection of works from NGV’s seventeenth-century flemish, dutch and british galleries.faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020

 

 

the first space, ‘daylight’, creates a dialogue between historical landscape and still-life paintings, toogood’s crystal furniture and her monumental ‘day tapestry’, which features an assemblage of flora and agricultural produce tumbling against a backdrop of land and sky. next, ‘candlelight’ invites visitors in a surreal, salon-style interior, quickly sketched, as if in a dream state, with toogood’s hand-painted wall scenography as the backdrop. this space captures the lighting qualities seen in the portraiture by rembrandt, de vries and hanneman, while the designer’s ‘family bust’ sculptures, conceived at the meeting point of abstraction and figuration, occupy center stage.faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020

 

 

‘moonlight’, the last space, brings toogood’s ‘downtime’ installation to a luminous and reflective close. dissolving into darkness, ‘night tapestry’ acts as a melancholic backdrop to her furniture and lighting designs, alongside seventeenth-century silverware, furniture and prints. in the video below, you can see faye toogood reflect on her practice and work presented in the exhibition with NGV’s curator of contemporary design and architecture simone leamon.

 

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020 faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020installation view of faye toogood ‘family bust no. 4’ 2020 and ‘candlelight scenography / 35 hand painted wall hangings’ 2020 on display in NGV triennial 2020 © faye toogood

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020
faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020installation view of faye toogood’s work ‘roly-poly chair / water’ 2016 on display in NGV triennial 2020 © faye toogood

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020installation view of faye toogood’s ‘roly-poly cup / water’ 2016 and ‘roly-poly element table / water’ 2016 on display in NGV triennial 2020 © faye toogood

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020installation view of faye toogood’s work day tapestry 2020 on display in NGV triennial 2020 © faye toogood

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020installation view of faye toogood’s tools for life mobile 4 2020 and day tapestry 2020 on display in NGV triennial 2020 © faye toogood

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020installation view of faye toogood’s ‘tools for life mobile 4’ 2020 and ‘day tapestry’ 2020 on display in NGV triennial 2020 © faye toogood

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020

installation view of faye toogood’s work ‘night tapestry’ 2020,’ maquette 072 / masking tape light’ 2020 and ‘maquette 248 / canvas and foam daybed’ 2020 on display in NGV triennial 2020 © faye toogood

faye toogood presents designs alongside 17th-century artworks at NGV triennial 2020installation view of faye toogood’s ‘maquette 243 / wire’ and ‘card table’ 2020 on display in NGV triennial 2020 © faye toogood

 

 

project info:

 

name: downtime: daytime, candlelight, moonlight

designer: faye toogood

location: NGV triennial, melbourne, australia

dates: on view until april 18, 2021

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