Guarded Thoughts by Ron Arad

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An exhibition of new work by designer Ron Arad opens at the Friedmann Benda Gallery in New York this week.

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The exhibition starts November 7 and runs until December 20, 2008.

Top Image: Afterthought. Above: Tom Bloc.

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Above: Southern Hemisphere Patina. All images Friedman Benda, New York.
The following is from Friedman Benda Gallery:

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GUARDED THOUGHTS
New Work by Ron Arad

November 7- December 20, 2008
Friedman Benda Gallery

On November 7, Friedman Benda at 515 West 26th Street, will unveil the new work of Ron Arad. This new body of work, the artist's most ambitious to date, propels Arad into previously unexplored sculptural dimension. In a departure both in scale and material sophistication, the artist uses his signature vocabulary of volumetric forms to unexpected and mesmerizing visual effect. Below: Bodyguard

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Ron Arad has commanded a unique and prolific role in the art, architectural, and design spheres for 30 years. His ever-evolving body of work reflects Arad’s ability to innovate with cutting-edge technology, while perfecting the ideals and techniques of hands-on craftsmanship. With this inspiration, he continues to provoke the proscribed limits of his materials by giving formal expression to his seemingly unbuildable ideas.

The artist continues to interpret and engineer the values of sculpture and seating. The new pieces shift, unravel, and tempt balance, posing challenging visual and material polemics. In Afterthought, a monumental mirror-polished aluminum quadrangle is torqued and cantilevered, while supporting a recessed seating cavity that morphs or disappears from varying standpoints. With melding reflective surfaces, the piece captures, holds and alters perceptions of light and movement in constant dynamic flow. With Southern Hemisphere, a massive, upright arc of patinated steel is weighted so that at rest it stands upright. Bearing a person's weight, the piece may twist and rock, rendering it both stable and precarious. The scope of Arad’s career to date will be given full exposure in a major retrospective opening at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris on November 18th, 2008, subsequently traveling to The Museum of Modern Art in NY in June 2009 and The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2010.

Arad's work is widely recognized and collected among private collectors and major institutions worldwide. In America, museums that have acquired his work include the High Museum, Atlanta; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The St. Louis Museum of Fine Art; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In Europe, the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; Design Museum, London; Design Museum, Ghent; Triennale Collection, Milan; Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam; In Asia, the Design Museum, Osaka.

Active in London for over three decades, Ron Arad was born in Tel Aviv in 1951. After studying at the Jerusalem Academy of Art, Arad moved to London to study at the Architectural Association in 1974 under Peter Cook and Bernard Tschumi. In 1981, he established One-Off Ltd., a design studio and showroom in Covent Garden where many of his early iconic conceptual and experimental works were created including the Rover Chair and the tempered steel Bookworm. By 1989, Ron Arad Associates was formed. Arad inspires and trains new generations of designers. He was a Professor of Design at the Hochscule in Vienna from 1994 to 1997.

He is currently head of the Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art in London. An innovator of unparalleled breadth in industrial design, firms worldwide have produced Arad’s ground-breaking ideas, including Kartell, Vitra, Moroso, Alessi, Flos, Cappellini. His architectural projects include Yohji Yamamoto's flagship store in Tokyo; the Maserati Headquarters Showroom in Italy; the Foyer for the Opera house in Tel Aviv; the suite of dining rooms for Sheikh Saud Al-Thani's Villa in Qatar; the Selfridges Technology Hall in London. He is currently building the Holon Design Museum in Israel and private residences internationally, including projects in Russia, Morocco and France.

  • bald skull

    the bottom is dope, the others not so much.

    unless it’s HOW they were fabricated that’s the special thing… i dunno?

  • XML

    What ever happened to the ‘Dezeen x Design Association
    container design competition’?!

    What kind of organization is this? you ask for submissions (effort, time, creativity), but do not even have the decency to announce the winners.

    Also, I have been trying to post this remark for several days now, but for some reason it never gets placed: censorship?

    great contribution to the architecture and design community…

  • http://www.dezeen.com Marcus

    @XML:

    Sorry for the delay in announcing the results of the container competition. The competition was administered by Design Association, who never sent us the images of the winning entries, so we couldn’t publish the story. But we have just returned from Tokyo and should soon have photos of the winners, and will publish them as soon as we can.

    Marcus, Dezeen

  • kingmu

    Ron Arad continues to be a source of inspiration.

  • F

    almost like Samson – his strenght is in his hat .

  • Cristian

    for this pieces, the source of inspiration is mostly Anish Kapoor

  • Neo

    I think that the source of ‘inspiration’ for this pieces is mainly money.

  • One

    You cannot sit in some art works, and this work is a bit far from visual play, rather the idea is great that you will be alone in this chair. Metalic materiality works well with it.

    Great work.

  • Kelly

    one. trick. pony.

    Any ‘new’ ideas recently Ron?

  • Dave

    designer urinals at their best!