Campana Brothers’ exhibition ‘Concepts’ opens at Friedman Benda Gallery, NY
Opening today, at Friedman Benda Gallery, is the first US gallery solo exhibition of renowned design duo Campana Brothers.
Quite possibly the most internationally influential and acclaimed Brazilian contemporary designers around, the exhibition introduces new bodies of work that exemplify the playful, conceptual and critical practice of the Campana Brothers.
Known for utilizing unexpected materials to compose their work, the exhibition features their new Boca (mouth) series, that combines cow hide, brass, Fiberglass and aluminum; the wonderfully inventive Alligator sofa and armchair, made up of numerous stuffed leather alligator toys, made by OrientaVida (an NGO that employs underprivileged women); the magical Amethyst cabinet, a glass vitrine adorned with São Paulo-sourced amethyst rocks, the Pirarucu cabinet, entirely upholstered with the sustainably harvested tanned and leathered skin of the Brazilian Pirarucu (the world’s largest fresh water fish), among other captivating and innovative pieces.
The Campana Brothers’ choice and play of materials reveal a whimsical approach to their work, simultaneously conjuring humor, criticality and social awareness; disparate materials commingle and are often repurposed or outsourced from sustainable/fair trade productions, and are elevated into a fantastical realm of high-end design while still retaining indexes of their origin and sociocultural properties.