Posted: 16 August, 2012.
THE JOURNEY OF SEBASTIAN ERRAZURIZ
Book launch and design exhibition
London Design Week
Kenny Schachter’s Rove Gallery
Lincoln House 33-34 Hoxton Square. London, N1 6NN
Opening: Wednesday September 19th 7pm – 11pm (Show on view until the 22nd)
The New York Times described him as “humorously avant-garde”, while ID put his picture on the cover of its magazine and simply wrote: “Sebastian Errazuriz meet Fame”. Over the past years Chilean born New York based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz has been critically acclaimed by the specialized press for his immensely creative and beautifully crafted works. The variety and depth of his talent would surpass the design world to be featured globally in mediums such as CNN, The Wall Street Journal, or The Financial Times, highlighting his thought provoking works ranging from Christian Popsicles to US soldiers suicide rates or the Occupy Movement.
For the first time in his career during the 2012 London Design Festival, Sebastian Errazuriz will be unveiling a selection of exceptional hand made models, drawings and blueprints behind some of his most iconic pieces. Together with these exquisite small-scale studies, Errazuriz will also present his finalized full size version of the “Boat Coffin” and a new version of the “Body of Work” coffee table, photographed as if he had just passed away. The designer hopes to transform the exhibition into a sort of funeral or wake in which his monograph launch marks the end of a decade of work and the start of a new one.
“The Journey of Sebastian Errazuriz” is his first monograph and will be published by Gestalten. The book includes conversations Errazuriz had with artist Tom Sachs and MoMa senior curator Paola Antonelli. The introduction was written by art critic Christian Viveros-Faune.
Ironic, sophisticated, precise—the work of Sebastian Errazuriz moves elegantly between art and design. His humor reminds us of the visual exercises of Irwin Wurm while his morbid charm and elegant wit suggests a conceptual kinship with artists Maurizio Cattelan and Gabriel Orozco. His work has already been shown at over 40 exhibitions in cities including New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Barcelona alongside design legends such as Ingo Maurer, Marcel Wanders, and the Campana brothers. Sotheby’s sold one of his pieces at its renowned Important Twentieth Century Design auction when he was only 28 years old. Today, Errazuriz’s creations are snatched up the second they leave his Brooklyn studio.
“I love what Sebastian is doing, making furniture that is sculpture!!“
“An immensely talented young artist and designer with few generational equals”
-Christian Viveros-Faune: Art critic for The Art Newspaper & The Village Voice
“We were honored to be the first auction house to sell a work of Sebastian”
-James Zemaitis: Director of Sothebys XXth century Design