Giant Pawns, Tiny Towers and Glazed Bricks

BRIC, a site-specific exhibition by Nathalie Du Pasquier at the historic Mutina HQ

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Giant Pawns, Tiny Towers and Glazed Bricks
10/12/2019 - Seven structures of different shapes and sizes add up to an unexpected landscape, between sculpture and architecture, with giant pawns and small towers. On 23 September 2019, Mutina for Art has inaugurated BRIC, a site-specific exhibition by Nathalie Du Pasquier, created by the artist for the MUT space, inside Angelo Mangiarotti's historic building in Fiorano Modenese. The starting point is the brick, a fundamental architectural module since the dawn of human history, and a recurring motif of the artist for some time, also in her paintings.
 
Among the founders of the Memphis Group, the French artist and designer explores the brick in its physical and conceptual essence, as an element linked to the earth and traditional ceramics. The exhibition BRIC draws from the idea of the brick as an archetypal compositional element: minimal, economical, modular, rhythmical, adaptable to the widest range of forms, the brick is a symbol of connection, and also a perfect work of architecture in its individuality.
BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

'My first awareness of bricks came when I was starting my work as a designer in 1981, during a trip to Manchester and Leeds with George, who comes from that part of the world. We were looking at Victorian architecture. I was struck by the variety of uses, forms and colors of those little bricks that defined the style of the Industrial Revolution', says Nathalie. Having always been fascinated by bricks, the artist has identified different types and then turned them over, glazing them with bright colors, layering them in large formal sculptures positioned inside the exhibition space.
BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

Revealing their inner construction, Du Pasquier activates delicate perspectives and architectural contrasts between solid and void, highlighted in turn by the bright colors of the glaze. Overturned, the bricks lose their structural virtue and become decorative modules of a pattern that reflects the visual mechanism of the ceramic tiles produced by Mutina.
BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

Nathalie Du Pasquier intersects art and design in a single, fluid language, introducing us to an instinctive and, at the same time, metaphysical landscape. Her work, comprising painting, sculpture and installation, investigates the relationship between subject and space through an exploration of techniques of composition and display. In BRIC the composition takes us back to its basic element - the brick - and to the poetry that arises from its obsessive, rhythmical use, between weaves of light, shadows and structural lines.
 
The towers are objects and sensations: they represent an enlarged detail, as if we were inside an abstract lilliputian landscape. 'Perforated bricks have this odd characteristic of resembling buildings when you look at them. You can build a modern neighborhood in miniature by putting some of these bricks together. In the end, they are hives, and we are simply pesky insects'. Through this installation the artist makes us become the physical protagonists of the composition, in a fluid path that defies any hierarchy among the arts and makes any type of definition seem redundant.
Brac

Brac

The natural evolution of BRIC is BRAC, a new collection designed exclusively for Mutina. It is a 3D element imagined as versatile component for the creation of all sorts of structures and walls. Fascinated by the brick and its possibilities, the artist has elaborated it as a module to be arranged vertically or horizontally, generating an unexpected interplay of light and shadow within any environment. The BRAC collection features 5 colors: argilla, with a natural matt surface, bianco, salvia, marrone and nero with a bright glazed finish.
 
Mutina for Art, an ambitious and varied project curated by Sarah Cosulich, includes MUT, a dedicated exhibition space within the company headquarters, This is Not a Prize, an important prize awarded annually, and Dialogue, a series of collaborations with artists, galleries and partners with various creative backgrounds and from international art institutions. Mutina for Art is a reformulation of the company's commitment to contemporary art, structured and articulated to turn it into a source of inspiration, an experience and, above all, a territory of exchange.

MUTINA on ARCHIPRODUCTSBRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

BRIC_photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani

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