Exhibition

Blow Up

10 Jan 2019 – 16 Feb 2019

Friedman Benda

New York
New York, United States

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Friedman Benda announces its fifth annual guest-curated exhibition entitled Blow Up. Curated by FELIX BURRICHTER, the founder and editor of the architecture and design magazine PIN–UP, the exhibition will take the miniaturized domestic ideal of the dollhouse and blow it back up to full size. With the help of design firm CHARLAP HYMAN & HERRERO, Burrichter will transform the gallery space into a Freudian trip through a 1:1 dollhouse, complete with bedroom, dining room, kitchen, study, and nursery.

Throughout the exhibition, the art and design will bear the strangeness of their “re-rescaling” as simplified forms designed for a miniature world entering back into our own. Shrunken furniture will be restored to macro scale in a double abstraction that leaves everything at uncanny and uneven. “Blow Up is a show about the aesthetics and materiality of scale, and how the objects we’re surrounded with during our childhood condition our ideas of domesticity, taste, and social norms today,” states Burrichter.

Blow Up is a dialogue between seminal designs from 1970s and 80s by Wendell Castle, Gaetano Pesce, and Shiro Kuramata, with contemporary art and design, including over a dozen works specially commissioned for the show. Artists, architects, and designers on view include:

BUTTERNUTTEN (BNAG)

HUMBERTO AND FERNANDO CAMPANA

WENDELL CASTLE

CHARLAP HYMAN & HERRERO

CHEN CHEN & KAI WILLIAMS

TELFAR CLEMENS

LUCA CIPELLETTI

RAFAEL DE CÁRDENAS/ARCHITECTURE AT LARGE

CAMILLE HENROT

MISHA KAHN

DOZIE KANU

SHIRO KURAMATA

WOLFGANG LAUBERSHEIMER (PENTAGON GROUP)

PETER MARIGOLD

SARAH ORTMEYER

GAETANO PESCE

LEON RANSMEIER

SOFT BAROQUE

SAM STEWART

KATIE STOUT

JONATHAN TRAYTE

WOODY DE OTHELLO

RADE PETRASEVIC

LARRY RANDOLPH

OONA BRANGAM SNELL

KRISTEN WENTRCEK & ANDREW ZEBULON

The exhibition will be accompanied by a small publication featuring texts by JEPPE UGELVIG, MICAELA DURAND, and others.

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