Fred Torres Collaborations is hosting an exhibit featuring the works of Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce. The show’s name, L’Abbraccio, refers to the Pesce-designed cabinet of two people locked in an embrace. Running from March 21-May 25, the exhibition will focus on the subjects of love and empathy. Pesce’s rarely seen drawings, maquettes, lighting, and furniture from the 1970s will be on display.
The designer’s pieces serve as commentary on reality and the standardization of mass production through the use of humor and irony. Pesce employs the technical qualities of materials such as resins, polyurethanes, and silicones in the creation of his work.
“The exhibition showcases the narrative and heart in Pesce’s work,” says Fred Torres. “Pesce’s interests go beyond beautiful and functional objects. He’s an artist who continually pushes the envelope by exploring themes of love, sadness, enlightenment, and the pursuit of truth in everything he does.”
Three concepts—Eros, Philos, and Agape—drive the installation. In the first room, the L’Abbraccio cabinet represents Eros, or passionate, intense desire. Also on display here are drawings of discarded clothes and a rag chair maquette. Pesce’s Habitat for Two and Commune for Twelve drawings are viewable in the main room, themed Philos, or fraternal love. The exhibit’s third room—Agape, or unconditional and enlightened love—showcases the Church of Solitude project drawings, the 9-11 Cabinet, and Italia in Croce (Italy Crucified).
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