IN COLLABORATION with LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL
and Victoria and Albert Museum - September 14-22, 2019
Although I am a designer by trade, my interest in developing an artistic sensibility means I am driven by the synergies that run in parallel between both disciplines. Art can fuel important visualizations surrounding global issues and cultural phenomena,
and is able to bring crowds of opposing viewpoints together to contemplate a single idea.
Hailing from the west coast of Canada, surrounded by the most glorious nature and landscapes, climate change is a subject very close to my heart and one we can’t ignore. To ignite conversation, my intention is to occupy the space in a bold way that triggers an emotional response to my objects: The Sky Is Falling. What does this mean to you?
As someone who struggled with dyslexia growing up, I can also tell you that imagery and objects appeal to me in a totally different way. They represent the most important vehicle to understand the world that surrounds us. The driving force behind this type of work is to elicit an enduring and emotional response – a feeling that is more likely to instigate a resounding reaction. I enjoy working with light because it is a sensory medium, perhaps even spiritual for some, and I have personally found that introducing light can bring calmness even through chaos when done right.
Ideas are easier to remember when they’re strongly rooted in a physical experience. I believe that my responsibility as an artist and designer is to join the fight in mitigating the numbing effect created by the deluge of information we are faced with every day; climate change just being one of them. Hopefully, by motivating people to turn thinking into action - regardless of how big or small it is - I will, in my own way, have contributed a small part.
My aim is not to impose an idea, but rather to trigger a debate; never mind if you believe in climate change or not. The effect of having the sky falling over your head, enough to question even walking beneath the structure itself, is powerful enough to make you consider the dire consequences.
Falling Sky is a design-art object that presents a large-scale installation as a piece that both stuns and offers a source of contemplation for modern day culture.
It displays as a deconstructed vertical sculpture with countless shards suspended as stalactites that shimmer across each reflective surface.
The intention of the piece is to hang from the roof to form a tangible representation of thawing ice crystals, looming over the onlooker’s head; a nod to what we are watching happen, from a distance, through climate change.
The impressive shape created by the structure anchored by invisible cables will create an illusion that stalactites are falling in real-time. With this in mind, we will bolster its scale and mixed vantage points in the space to denote a falling sky. The mere scale of the installation will provoke visitors to reflect, interpret, assimilate and take to their own conclusions.
Falling Sky seeks to bridge the gap between the rational and irrational of the physical object, triggering reflection in an unimposing but powerful manner. We know our environment is evolving, whether we believe in it or not - and the consequences and solutions are both at arm’s length.
Via Popoli Uniti 11-13, Milan
9-14 April 2019, 11 am - 7 pm
Alcova is an experimental prototype for an itinerant cultural institution in development by Space Caviar and Studio Vedèt. Currently operating as a roving platform for art and design across multiple sites in and around Milan, it activates forgotten locations and spaces of historical significance, temporarily recasting them as venues for performative activities.
Alcova Popoli, Milan Design Week 2019 - Matthew McCormick has created a site-specific, limited edition lighting installation for Alcova that will be presented during Milan Design Week, April 9 - 14. Sitting midway between a lighting sculpture and design-art object, the gestalt configuration will be an undulating cluster of McCormick’s Mila pendants combined to create a randomized, multi-layered composition.
Invertere is made up of 19 oblong forms finished in brushed sterling silver, featuring the newest iterations of his notable Mila fixture in four varied sizes and diameters. Suspended from the ceiling by a series of thin cables, the elegant collection of balanced and inverted globes imbues Alcova Popoli Uniti’s Room 11 with a sense of poetry and grandeur - balancing both shape and mass to create its dynamic effect.
Invertere is intentionally designed with the observer in mind. Presented as an exhibit that can be navigated and explored, the sculpture exudes a visual tension from every vantage point,” says McCormick. “The harmonious mix of impossible balance and gravity defied is seemingly random in nature; however the shape of each Mila pendant are intentionally positioned to create a unique, billowing dialogue between each form.”
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MOre about alcova:
Preserved in a state of semi-abandonment and partly overgrown by spontaneous vegetation, the monumental building of the former panettone factory of G. Cova & Co. is a key site in the history of Milanese industry.
Located adjacent to Stazione Centrale and directly in front of the Rovereto stop on the red metro line (approximately 10 minutes from Duomo), it is easily reachable from all parts of the city.
Via Matteo Bandello 14-16 20123
9-14 April 2019, milan
CASCADIA, the latest addition to Matthew McCormick’s collection, will make its global debut during
Milan Design Week 2019 at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, April 9-14.
Galleria Rossana Orlandi, Milan Design Week 2019 - Distinguished by its slender shape and the soft gradation of light from its hand-made, artisan glass tubing, Cascadia pendants are articulated and finished by its hand-polished metal fitting. The soft glow of the pendant is achieved through an opaline LED hue, balanced by the more industrial look of the metallic accents. Whether hanging alone as a delicate fixture over a bedside table, undulating over a dining table or cascading down a grand stairwell in a showering effect, the technical precision of Cascadia cohesively translates into in a piece that is both contemporary and timeless.
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about GALLERIA Rossana Orlandi:
Gallery Rossana Orlandi opened in 2002 at a former tie factory in the Magenta neighbourhood. Galleria Rossana Orlandi is known for forecasting new and upcoming designers, and has been established as one of the most revered platforms for avant-garde design and lifestyle. Rossana started her work focusing on the rising Dutch design wave with designers including Piet Hein Eek, Maarten Baas and Nacho Carbonell. Since then, her reach has moved widely around the world creating a catalog which reflects the most innovative design scenes from Europe to Asia to the Americas. The space is articulated in a non-traditional way: part showroom, part retail store, part offices and a courtyard for events – which all come together in a way that meets no boundaries.