formafantasma to show at manitoga’s dragon rock with magazzino in upstate new york

formafantasma to show at manitoga’s dragon rock with magazzino in upstate new york

magazzino and manitoga to exhibit formafantasma installation

 

Magazzino Italian Art announces a new collaboration with Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center to present an upcoming installation titled Formafantasma at Manitoga’s Dragon Rock: Designing Nature. Located in Cold Springs, New York — just over an hour’s drive from the city — the installation will be on view from May 13th through November 14th, 2022.

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studio, Dragon Rock at Manitoga | photo by Rob Penner

 

 

In dialogue with the midcentury architecture of ‘dragon rock’

 

Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, the design duo behind Formafantasma (see here), explore the complex relationship between design and the natural world with their show at Manitoga’s dragon rock. The installation will comprise a selection of works in dialogue with Manitoga itself — this encompasses the house, the studio, and surrounding landscape of the midcentury American designer Russel Wright. The complex, known as ‘Dragon Rock,’ stands as an iconic example of modernist architecture, set within the idyllic context of Hudson Valley.

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Formafantasma, Acquedotto I, Acquedotto II, Acquedotto III, 2016

 

 

the parallel nature of formafantasma and wright

 

The installation Formafantasma at Manitoga’s Dragon Rock: Designing Nature showcases the parallels between the contemporary studio the practices of the midcentury architect of Dragon Rock. Both work with their surroundings to produce a seamless collaboration. Trimarchi and Farresin’s selected works for this installation called for further consideration for the many pre-existing narratives already in conversation at Manitoga — those of the house, of the landscaping, and of Wright’s personal practice.

 

This thoughtful curatorial process ultimately unearthed a recognition of architecture within their own work which allowed the duo to treat the house not simply as a gallery space, but as a place where their objects might exist in a way that is at once nuanced and seamless.

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Formafantasma, Reflector, 2016

 

 

Vittorio Calabrese, Director of Magazzino (see here) comments:Magazzino is proud to partner with Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center for the first time in welcoming the Italian design duo Formafantasma. It’s an honor to work closely with a neighboring institution with whom we share such strong values centered on community, nature and architecture.

 

Marking our third collaboration with a local arts organization, we are excited to welcome Formafantasma to the Hudson Valley, where the designers will create subtle interventions within some the most intimate yet communal spaces at Dragon Rock and enter into a unique dialogue with the work of Russel Wright, the architecture of the house and studio, and its surrounding landscape.’

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Formafantasma, Magnifier Floor Lamp, 2016

 

 

Allison Cross, Executive Director of Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center (see here) continues:The launch of the new Russel & Mary Wright Design Gallery last year (2021) within Dragon Rock at Manitoga opened up new programmatic possibilities, including the opportunity to invite designers along with visual and performing artists to engage in dialogue with Wright’s legacy at Manitoga.

 

Formafantasma and Russel Wright share a broad design reach, across medium and scale, from object to environment, with focused attention to form, materiality and method. Although separated by almost a century, the work of both addresses environmental concerns and asks if design can be a steward of nature and our future…Through partnership [with Magazzino], we look forward to enriching and amplifying the vibrant arts and design community in the Hudson Valley.

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Formafantasma, Eclipse Ceiling Lamp, 2016

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Formafantasma, Reflector, 2016

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Formafantasma, New Reflector Floor, 2016

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house, Dragon Rock at Manitoga | image by Vivian Linares

 

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Formafantasma, Botanica I, 2011
Formafantasma, Botanica I, 2011
Formafantasma, Botanica III, 2011
Formafantasma, Botanica III, 2011
Formafantasma, Botanica III, 2011
Formafantasma, Botanica III, 2011
Formafantasma, Botanica V, 2011
Formafantasma, Botanica V, 2011
Formafantasma, Botanica VI, 2011
Formafantasma, Botanica VI, 2011
house, Dragon Rock at Manitoga, Living Room Terrace | photo by Vivian Linares
house, Dragon Rock at Manitoga, Living Room Terrace | photo by Vivian Linares

project info:

 

installation title: Formafantasma at Manitoga’s Dragon Rock: Designing Nature

designer: Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin)

gallery: Magazzino Art Italian Art, Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center

location: Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, Cold Springs, New York

on view: May 13th — November 14th

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