The new wall and floor covering Chymia is a tribute to the artist's manual abilities
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Traces in Black&White. Mutina Embraces the Arts
27/09/2019 - After exploring the potentials of colors with collections by Hella Jongerius and Barber&Osgerby, this year Mutina returns to the origins with Chymia, a ceramic wall and floor covering that embraces the arts. Colors have ceded dominance to variations of black and white. Embellishments have been entrusted to the artist's manual abilities. The result is an intriguing collection of prints and incisions in 30x30 format.
The initial projects was realized in collaboration with Laboratorio Avallone, a Milan based studio led by Gennaro Avallone who pairs painting and sculpture to give vigor and vitality to objects and furniture.
Chymia marks the beginning of a new journey, which will develop into a range of heterogeneous collections. The first concrete expression of this study consists of a series that fluctuates between the discipline of graphic design and the expressive gestures of mark-making as well as between the two extremes of black and white, in which symbols and textures are combined to create patterns of light and shadow on the surface.
'There has been an natural affinity between Mutina and Laboratorio Avallone for over twenty years, a harmony that enables us to share our passion for the intrinsic qualities of ceramics. Materials for me are a means to an end and have come to represent that alchemical transformation when the skills of designing and creating fuse in all their complexity. I would like artists and their creations to be considered in their entirety, taking into account the close relationship between the creative thought, the design and the technique, here with the significant metamorphic ability of earth from which Chymia originated', Gennaro Avallone.
Black forms the basis: in the distinctive black of Gennaro Avallone evocation and abstraction synchronize. The shades of black originate from Pompeian paintings, Indian ink, the superb black of the vases excavated in Paestum, or from the black of incandescent molten lava – there are abundant references and synergies. Black and white are never separate, they co-exist.
Chymia is produced in glazed porcelain stoneware and is composed of 22 elements in the single size of 30x30 cm and thickness of 10 mm, obtained by combining the principle structures with 11 textures that can be combined at will. They are rectified and available in both Black and White versions.
Starting from the wide range, four mixes of 6 different articles (linked by the color) have been realized. The research performed on glazes and raw material, along with the combination of traditional applications and modern technology, allowed to obtain a unique product of high quality, enhanced by the use of absolute colors.
Thanks to the study carried out about matter and the synergy with Laboratorio Avallone, Mutina also launched its first limited edition project. The Cylinder Glass comes about from a specific research focused on a new material, glass, and takes shape in the furnaces of Murano, where the antique, refined art of glass-blowing originated.
The contemporary look achieved by juxtaposing different elements (bottle and bottleneck and the colors, black and white, allowing a range of six possible combinations that are produced in a limited edition of only 50 pieces each) is added to by expert craftsmanship that ensures unique and virtually unpredictable results. The scratching, abrasion, staining and the roughness created during this process are intriguing and invite the observer to touch the surface.