ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
 
ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
jun 18, 2013

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
all images courtesy of ron arad associates

 

 

 

ron arad: in reverse
design museum holon, israel
june 19th to october 19th, 2013

 

 

the design museum holon celebrates three decades of ron arad‘s work in metal. ‘in reverse’ showcases the israeli-born designer’s extensive explorations with his this, his favorite material, as evidenced in his furniture developments. a number of his designs, mostly chairs made from steel, are presented documenting his manipulation of the medium from his works of the 1980s, to his more recent developments which still carry similar properties to their early predecessors.

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
wooden mould used to shape and fit the metal panels of the fiat 500 on loan from the fiat archive and museum

 

 

the focal point of the exhibition is a major new project arad has been engaged in which has seen him investigating–through physical experiments and digital simulations–the way in which automobile bodies, with particular focus on the fiat 500, behave under compression. the central installation sees six fiat 500s in a crushed state, flattened in such a way that they resemble the outcome of an accident in a cartoon or a child’s drawing, lacking any depth and dimension. hung on the walls of the gallery, they surround the wooden mould (on loan from the fiat archive and museum) that has been used to shape and fit the metal panels of the vehicle. opposite the timber form is arad’s ‘roddy giacosa’ (2013), a sculpture which has been created through the use of hundreds of polished stainless steel rods worked over a metal armature, the contoured sections resembling one of the car’s panels so that collectively they resemble the body of a fiat 500.

 

 

on arad: metal maestro
video courtesy nowness

 

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
roddy giacosa, 2013

 

 

in the lower gallery, one can view the london-based creative’s digital simulations of this crushing process. digital prints on paper document the results of the compressions of ‘roddy giacosa’, and this operation of pressing something flat is further seen through a showcase of objects which arad has squashed which include studies and tests, even a bottle rack flattened by a steamroller.

 

in reverse is an exhibition about the shift from the physical to the digital – except in reverse. rather than manipulate materials to render them functional or render digital models towards a functional object, here I ‘reverse’ perfectly functional objects and render them useless‘. – ron arad

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
detail of roddy giacosa which is formed using hundreds of polished stainless steel rods, shaped to look like a fiat 500

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
back view details

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
front view details

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
pressed flower navy blue, 2013

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
pressed flower red, 2013

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
pressed flower yellow, 2013

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
in the upper gallery alongside ron arad’s major new project is a select presentation of his chair designs, most of which are steel

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
tinker chair, 1988

 

 

ron arad: in reverse at design museum holon, israel
wrinkly fish, 1991

 

  • big fan of arads work, just a shame there isnt anything really new here

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