Absent Nature by Arik Levy



Designer Arik Levy exhibited new work at the Wright20 gallery in Chicago last month.


The exhibition included Fractal Cloud (above), made from more than one thousand light tubes, and Log series (below) made from blackened wood, polished steel and stainless steel mesh.


Watch a video of Levy talking about the exhibition here.

Here's some more information from Wright20:


Absent Nature
Arik Levy at Wright

Israel-born designer and sculptor Arik Levy, now based in Paris, presents work inspired by natural forms in Absent nature, an exhibit of strikingly creative projects in lighting and furniture.


This show marks the international premier of Levy’s Log series. The Log forms will be produced in a limited edition from blackened wood, mirror polished stainless steel and stainless steel mesh. These immediately iconic pieces create emphasis with an impression of weight and a raw power derived from forms taken from the natural world. The concept for the Log forms finds precedence in his highly successful past work.


About them Levy writes, “These pieces are an evolution of Rock that also engages the absence of the parts that are removed. Light is also key – imposing the reflection of images and refracted light invisible to our eye when looking in a fixed direction. Every facet of these elements represents the absence of nature and the work appears as if from an alternative civilisation.” In steel or wood, these fourteen works impart a silent authority and a dramatic command of space.


Also on exhibit will be three of Levy’s Fractal Cloud lights, each of which is a unique work. Each lamp is a sharp and spirited form of electric energy, with one very large Fractal Cloud light emitting white light and two smaller designs emitting coloured light.


Levy observes: “In the shadow of the Fractal Cloud light an enormous hexagonal ring of powerful light has been created from over one thousand light tubes woven onto another to become a single light-emitting textile projecting two small ricochets, one in colour and one in warmer white light."


Posted on Wednesday May 7th 2008 at 12:35 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Bonzo

    I wonder what the energy rating vs. output is for this? Is it a sustainable lighting solution? If not, is it exempt because it is ‘Art’? (society has already established that ‘Design’ should not be exempt). If so, why not? Ultimately we all pay for it, one way or another. All this in addition of course to the fact that it doesn’t look very good. Its just another example of lazy non-design by exhibiting ‘A Lot Of Something’, ie. A Lot of Lights.
    Why not design something a) useful, b) economical, c) accessible.

  • pat

    I like much of Arik’s work. However, Bonzo raises some pertinent points here. I am also weary of the ‘Lots of Something’ solution to installations.

  • desky

    Levy has done “lots of something” with his Rock project firstly sold it in galleries (inox version) then to Serralunga (rotomolded version) as a light up table, then as a chocolate bar, now extruded…etc. Why break a winning formula ?

    As for this “lots of” lamp thing I don’t feel it necessites another exhibition, yawn, agree with Bonzo waste of energy, maybe move on to something new ?

  • JC

    I agree with desky, it is certain that succesful designers, who have to deal with many projects, are tempted to revisit and devellop old ideas, but the limit is never very far away.

  • FBot

    These are small cold cathode tubes. Something that some PC customisers might put in their PC for effect. They probably use a max of 3-4watts each.

    I agree with the comments of energy consumption but at the end of the day, designers still need to produce “something” we can’t all just sit around and do “nothing”. I think as long as its breaking new ground it’s valid and of course try and make it as energy efficient as we can.

    Is high fashion wrong? Should all artists stop work?

  • Bonzo

    FBot –
    With respect, the assumption that designers “have to produce something” is pure anal Freud. Historically, the most visionary designers have mastered the art of knowing ‘when’ to design. I would argue that we have to develop that instinct again, to distinguish between necessity and market driven excreta of so called ‘design’ that clots our vision of what is good and bad.
    I do not think this lighting installation breaks new ground. I think it is indulgent and wasteful.

  • There will always be excess. But designers can play a critical role- for example, many people are trying to obselete the suburban grass lawn with productive vegetable gardens- but frankly, the resulting plating beds look like the Clampetts took up residence on the front step.

    Yet with good (great) design, combining sculptural elements with thoughtful layout and seaonality, the gardens could offer tremendous curb appeal and set off a round of front lawn envy that would ease on down the road.

  • mauro paparo filomarino

    yes ,him is it

  • Brian H.

    It is definitely art and I consider it exempt from practical considerations.

    1,000+ cold cathode tubes would cost thousands of American dollars. It’s very conception is impractical. That in large part is what makes it ART.