DESIGN & MAIL ART
from 26th November to 14th January
Alessandro Di Giampietro
Lucas Muñoz Muñoz
Curated by Antonio Lettieri
Mail Art is one of the longest-lived artistic movements in history that has evolved since the 1950s, involving thousands of mail-artists from over fifty countries. It was codified in 1962 by Ray Johnson, in turn influenced by previous groups, first of all Futurism with Ivo Pannaggi’s postal collages (1920), then the Dada and contemporaries of the Fluxus group. The mail-artists exchanged works in the form of illustrated letters, decorated or drawn envelopes, artist trading cards, postcards, “artist stamps” and three-dimensional objects such as artist’s books.
External to the art market and mainly engaged in projects that enhance cultural diversity and promote social justice through creative intervention on small objects (postcards, letters, stamps), Mail Art has since then represented an example of an international network.
In addition to the mail art on display there will be design works by the artists Lucas Muñoz Muñoz and Softrock
Lucas Muñoz Muñoz creates lighting elements that are easy to produce and have a low cost. This is why they are manufactured by the students of the Asociación Norte Joven in their electricity module / workshop, thus adding the designer a social bias to the project.
These lamps have been designed to be easily and economically manufactured. Using only off the shelf materials, like bricks, welding rods and electronic quick connectors.
Brick, Appliances, Rods and Electricity (B.A.R.E) Lamps were firstly designed for the exhibition Materia Gris and for this they were manufactured by the students of Norte Joven Association’s social project. At Materia Gris, these lights shed light to the exhibited objects and any visitor could pre-buy the fixtures through a QR code. At the exhibition closure the original units were given to their buyers. With this action, founding was risen for Norte Joven Association’s social project. This was one of the circular strategies designed for that exhibition to leave no trace or collaborate in a social cause.
SOFTROCK is about what is seen and what is hidden.
An independent family project, which plays with the limits of reality by questioning its shapes and contours. By recreating and re-imagining rock, João Parrinha’s work explores the way in which nature avoids the straight line and, therefore, the power that materiality has to express paradox. Inspired by organic contours, the objects he creates reproduce the feeling of immersion in what is natural, transforming the space they inhabit and drawing new possibilities for the idea of comfort.