Our exhibition for Melbourne Design Week, Transcendence, is an exciting showcase of contemporary Australian design and we’re proud to introduce the work of multidisciplinary artist Luca Lettieri through this show.
Here, the Adelaide-based designer shares some insights around his two pieces presented for Transcendence, Quarto and Quinto.
Luca’s work is driven by process and inspired by rural Italian folk art traditions and post minimalist artworks, with colour and texture being the predominant feature.
His two pieces – Quarto and Quinto – presented at Modern Times for Melbourne Design Week, explore the relationship between forms and the material interplay across sculptural and functional objects.
Quarto is part of an ongoing formal investigation into form and texture, and was originally inspired by an Ellsworth Kelly painting.
Lettieri explains: “This assemblage looks at strength and fragility in human connection through the tedious balance of the clay and steel components”.
Quinto, which is made from roughly hewn sandstone cut from the Adelaide Hills, explores ideas of permanence and context; the stone transcends a mortal understanding of time far outlasting all things around it, coupled with fleeting ideas of human existence.
Transcendence – which will exhibit at Modern Times from March 12 – 22 – explores how our lives are shaped and influenced beyond the physical by the furniture and objects we surround ourselves with. It is an expansion on the central theme for Melbourne Design Week – ‘How Can Design Shape Life?’.
This event is part of Melbourne Design Week 2020, an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.