Nature / Data Premieres Two New Designs and Features Recent Work
Opening Saturday, September 11, 2010, 6-8 PM
Cervo Chair © Antonio Pio Saracino, courtesy Industry Gallery
Washington, D.C. (August 31, 2010) - Industry Gallery will open Nature / Data, Saturday, September 11, 2010, 6-8 PM, the first solo U.S. exhibition for New York-based Italian designer and architect Antonio Pio Saracino. The exhibition, which runs through October 30, 2010, will premiere two new designs, feature work created mostly during the past year and introduce two large-scale models of triumphal arches representing Italian emigration to North and South America. The works in the exhibition are executed in plywood, metal, carbon fiber and synthetics and abstract from natural forms such as molecules, leaves, blossoms, and crystals.
Saracino's designs stem from his lifelong fascination with nature and natural systems. As a child in Puglia (in southern Italy), he collected plants, rocks, fossils and insects. "I have always been fascinated by the mystery of nature, and the beauty and complexity of the natural world," said Saracino. "However, I do not seek to replicate nature. I look to replicate the feeling that nature creates within me." Speaking about the broader concept of design, Saracino said, "In Italy people truly value design. We believe that beauty will save the world. Beauty is not a shallow concept, but a broader idea of balance that creates a sense of continuity between our place in the world and what we design and live with everyday (objects, fashion, houses) ... Design is an act of love for other people. Every designer hopes and believes that his or her work will make the world a better place in which to live."
About the Designer
Antonio Pio Saracino is an Italian-born architect and designer currently working and living in New York. For more than a decade Saracino's designs and artwork have been shown in individual and group exhibitions in Rome, Brussels, London, Moscow, Cordoba, Sydney and New York. Nature / Data at Industry Gallery in Washington, D.C. is his first solo U.S. exhibition.
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