Alexis Christodoulou & Duccio Maria Gambi’s Objecture

``The curatorial aim was to bring the emotions invoked by Christodoulou’s renderings, their inaccessible and desirable feeling, offline and into the physical realm.``

For the first edition of Numeroventi Archive, the Florentine artist residence brings together two figures operating from opposite sides of the design world.

Objecture is a conversation, combining opposite sides of the design world to find common ground between the physical and the ethereal. One is grounded in dust and concrete, tangible to the viewer, while the other plays in a space barely accessible apart from a momentary fantasy.

The exhibition opened Monday 9th of July 2018 with a multimedia installation on 2 floors of Numeroventi. The curatorial aim was to bring the emotions invoked by Christodoulou’s renderings, their inaccessible and desirable feeling, offline and into the physical realm. Concurrently, to add ethereal components to Gambi’s works which are grounded always in solid physicality, an observation was developed, allowing his ideas to transcend time and exist in the imaginative landscapes of Christodoulou’s works.

Over the short period of 10 days, Duccio Maria Gambi and Alexis Christodoulou engaged in a conversation of sketches and ideas with digital and physical transformations. For this brief period, they inspired each others processes resulting in a small body of work that speaks to the evolution of design and practice.

The resulting work between the two designers was inevitably influenced by the colors and history of Florence, by the palace where Numeroventi is located, its arches and the repetitive shapes.

Alexis Christodoulou is a self-taught 3D artist living in Cape Town, South Africa and has spent the last 6 years building a collection of works focusing on imaginary architecture. While working professionally as a copywriter for the last decade, Alexis initially taught himself 3D rendering as a hobby.The images he creates are a simple extension of this desire to see fantastic spaces come to life that echo a more modern and clean aesthetic.

Duccio Maria Gambi is a furniture and interior designer based in Florence. In his studio and workshop he develops and realizes projects for his own collections and on commission. His main research is based on concrete casting technics and language.

The collaboration between the two designers and final multimedia exhibition were curated by Martino di Napoli Rampolla, creative director of Numeroventi. Numeroventi is a studio for contemporary art and design development located in the heart of Florence, open to local and international artists for co-living and studio working space.

Numeroventi Archive is a series of residencies dedicated to artists and designers that have been drawing attention worldwide for their forward thinking approach and unique perspective in their fields.

 

Photo: Marina Denisova