CARPENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY PRESENTS CHAOS CURATED BY ALEXANDER MAY

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RON ARAD | NEW ORLEANS 8

JUNE 23 – SEPTEMBER 9 | 2023
7070 SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD | WEST HOLLYWOOD

Carpenters Workshop Gallery Los Angeles presents CHAOS, a group show curated by Alexander May Creative Director and Founder of SIZED. Marking one year since the launch of the physical gallery space in Los Angeles, this exhibition is curated to illustrate the breadth of the gallery’s creative collaborative approach in bringing to the fore all forms of artistic expression using form and function as a guiding principle. The show encompasses the work of over 20 renowned artists, including Ingrid Donat, Sterling Ruby, Vincenzo De Cotiis, Thomas Houseago, Victor Barragán, Suda Kokuta and Rick Owens.  

The title CHAOS refers to the investigation of contrasting textures and forms, showcasing a balance of opposing creative perspectives and the inherent beauty that can emerge from disorder. CHAOS seeks to present a cultural dialogue, providing snapshots of the world through the purposeful placement of revered artistic voices and Alexander May’s discerning lens. The exhibition boasts an expansive display of works, with elements of naturalism balanced against stark industrial pieces. Moose antler, ceramics, and varieties of wood react to aluminum, bronze, and steel, generating unique dialogues with each permutation.

Alexander May’s monochromatic curation encourages viewers to challenge preconceived notions and redefine the meanings assigned to the objects on display. The exhibition establishes a profound dialogue between the artists, their individual creative expressions, and the broader cultural landscape. CHAOS showcases an array of thought-provoking creations that redefine artistic boundaries and unravels the harmony that lies within apparent disorder. 

The architecture of Carpenters Workshop Gallery will be transformed to allow for varying levels of display integrated throughout the space. By contextualizing the environment, the exhibition seeks to transcend formal methods of presentation and creates an immersive, multi-dimensional encounter. 

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The exhibition’s immersive environment invites the viewer to explore the global design-led artistic landscape by exploring new thought-provoking pieces by Angelinos, Sterling Ruby and Thomas Houseago, through to the material masteries of Ingrid Donat and cutting-edge designs of Rick Owens and Victor Barragán. Viewers have the freedom to choose their own path through the exhibition, offering multiple pathways that enable differing stories to be told through the exploration of scale, texture, and material. The space invites contemplation and celebrates the transformative power of chaos in art.

MATERIALS

Steel, fiberglass, stromatolite, bronze, marble, glass, sycamore, walnut, ash, plywood, basalt, composite, glass, oil, clay, marble, moose antler, aluminum, acrylic, limestone, nickel, yarn, concrete, rubber, rope, foam, plexiglass, polyurethane, latex, paper, ink,
ceramic, kaolin, ceramic glaze, and polyester.

COLLABORATORS

Apt. 1007, Atelier Van Lieshout, Gio Ponti, Ingrid Donat, Jerome Byron, Jiro Nagase, Masaomi Yasunaga, Rich Aybar, Sterling Ruby, Steven Haulenbeek, Suda Kokuta, Thomas Houseago, Rick Owens,Robert Stadler, Roger Herman, Ron Arad, Victor Barragán, Vincent Dubourg, Vincenzo De Cotiis, Wendell Castle, Wonmin Park, Zachary Besner.

ABOUT CARPTENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY

Carpenters Workshop Gallery is a leading gallery that produces and exhibits work by established artists, designers, and architects who push the boundaries of traditional expression. Guided by emotion, artistic and historical relevance, the gallery
is respected worldwide for its ability to blur the boundaries between art and design. With galleries in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and other cities, Carpenters Workshop Gallery represents internationally celebrated artists while nurturing and supporting the next generation of talent.

ABOUT ALEXANDER MAY

Alexander May is a multidisciplinary creative director and curator with a focus on art and design. He has spent over 18 years bridging art and design across physical and digital spaces. His early career as a fine artist quickly evolved to include independent creative consulting for forward-thinking brands, with the eventual development of a Milanese non-profit arts foundation and the establishment of a Los Angeles creative studio, agency, and shop, named SIZED. His creative process is built on collaboration. SIZED has partnered with an expansive network of brands, artists, designers, and galleries to transform
locations into sites of connectivity through curation, direction, design, and activation.

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