Dysfunctional opens in Venice
Presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery in partnership with Lombard Odier, DYSFUNCTIONAL showcases new collectable design and artworks by 22 international artists. Inspired by the tide peaks which regularly affect Venetian life, Virgil Abloh’s Acqua Alta (2019) resembles a sinking installation which acts as a time stamp in history that invites us to think about rising sea levels, the fate of Venice and our planet.
Breaking the boundaries between art and design, over 50 works seek to forget functionality whilst celebrating the power of artistic expression and extraordinary craftsmanship. Carpenters Workshop Gallery provides a platform for new site-specific works to complement the Renaissance and Baroque collection of baron Giorgio Franchetti which is on permanent display at the Ca’ d’Oro. Julien Lombrail and Loic Le Gaillard, co-founders of Carpenters Workshop Gallery, comment: “We decided to stage DYSFUNCTIONAL during the world’s most important art exhibition, the Venice Art Biennale, to question what defines an artwork, why can artworks not be functional and when does design become art? The idea of dysfunction, defined as ‘the disruption of normal social relations’, invites visitors to rethink the conventional relationship between form and function, art and design, the historical and the modern.
Throughout the exhibition other artists raise issues centred around water, Mathieu Lehanneur’s green marble and granite sculptures Ocean Memories Acqua Alta (2019) echo the waves of the nearby lagoon. Raising awareness of plastic pollution, Stuart Haygarth’s Tide Colour (2005) is made of plastic objects found on the British coastline. Studio Job’s Sinking Ship (2015) ponders, with their characteristic humour, the inevitable downfall of even the most advanced and luxurious of human endeavours.
The Dysfunctional exhibition, which opened at the beginning of May, will be on show until the end of the biennale on 24 November 2019.