BAGNOLS GARDEN - ORTAMIKLOS
Functional Art Gallery is pleased to presents OrtaMiklos’ first solo exhibition in Europe: ‘Bagnols Gardens’
‘Bagnols Garden’ explores a fictive setting about the environment, after the current residential and commercial developments of our urban existence have digressed into a dark dream. Drawing on the effects of the illegal sand mining crisis that is destroying natural habitats and ecosystems, designers OrtaMiklos have envisioned an imaginary speculation depicting a series of furniture pieces that encapsulate the victims of this destruction. Set in a surreal cityscape, the furniture pieces are paired with a performance that depicts the human relationship with the care of species past, as the phantasmic Adam and Eve tend to the fossils of the ecosystems that they have destroyed. Each furniture piece is informed by a species of plant or animal that are deemed on the brink of extinction. Drawing on the natural beauty and mourning the loss of diversity, OrtaMiklos layer the symbolism of the Garden of Eden as a reminiscent origin of life as well as stage for reflection on our current relationship with the Earth. A reality of human ignorance and greed is unveiled as the selection of marvelous extinct species are scattered amongst the apathetic city scapes that led to their demise. A sad reminiscence is communicated through the realization that what once was a utopian haven for Adam and Eve has now become a melancholy landscape of their own creation and destruction. No longer can humanity enjoy the carefree beauty of their environments, but rather their role has become the caretaker of that what once was.
On View: April 27th - June 21st, 2019
Genthiner Straße 36 10785 Berlin, Germany
Wed - Fri 2 pm to 6 pm and by appointment
FIELD TRIP - BNAG - OPENING JANUARY 18TH
From January 18th to March 1st 2019, BNAG will transform the Functional Art Gallery into an open field. For their first solo exhibition, the duo invites you to take an appeasing walk through nature, accompanied by the smell of fresh damp earth and soft polished wood. Mapped in the style of an adventure trail, the design meadow leads you from the bright babbling of water to the deep humming of echoing caves. Meditation parks, acoustic walks and hiking tracks have always been a source of inspiration for the duo’s design practice.
BNAG’s field trip creates short escapes designed to break the humdrum of daily routine – an invitation to gambol through your inner fields. A chair that makes you stand up, a carpet disguised as a reflecting puddle, a spoon for eating with your fingers: the designers’ creations all conceal a playful surprise. Going on a field trip is an opportunity for BNAG to assemble in one venue several pieces which have never been shown together before. Each piece is a project with its own story to tell, and BNAG creates a symbiosis between a visit to a gallery and a long rambling walk, where you encounter animal “bbarks”, deep reflecting ponds and crackling campfires. The goal is to relax, tickle your sensorial perception, try out new things, reboot your habits and activate your senses.