A Lunatic on bulbs teeters between two worlds, sparking reflection on those points of contact where the world of art meets functionality.
A Lunatic on bulbs was what Emily Dickinson once called herself referring to her passion for her garden’s flowers, a passion she indulged in on summer evenings by moonlight spent in the flower beds behind her family home in Amherst, inevitably wearing a white dress. Taking research into the essential element of form and space, the eight artists in the show have created outdoor functional objects with a craftsman’s spirit. Through the imaginative use of material and form, they have realized a unique combination, i.e. the Swing by Aaron Young, coupling the rough recycled rubber tire with a 24 ct. gold chain or Tom Burr’s liquid rubber on aluminium ping pong table. Furthermore, Adam Mc Ewen’s hare swing, as well as the organic and com- plex forms by Rob Wynne and Leo Villareal, the rhythmic beats and modular repetitions of the benches by Rirkrit Tiravanija, the chairs by Joel Shapiro and the side tables by Liam Gillick, weave a path of irony and brazenness through the rooms of a 16th century patrician home.
Now a museum dedicated to the culture of living, Chesa Planta is an extraordinary example of an aristocratic Engadine home built in 1595 by the Salis family. This exhibition conceptualizes a kind of interior park offering an unhurried, leisurely experience in which the visitor can relax, reflect and play – a place to be in, as well as look at things in.
A Lunatic on bulbs is the brainchild of Giorgio Pace Projects, in collaboration with Cumulus Studios, New York. Giorgio Pace Projects is a traveling, itinerant organization that creates and disseminates contempo- rary art and design in Engadine. The event inaugurates a series of initiatives in multiple contexts through a broad diversity of channels.
Cumulus Studios was created in 2008 by landscape designer Nathalie Karg. For more information: www.cumulus-studios.
Chesa Planta at the Plazzet, Samedan Free admission. Monday – Saturday 4pm to 7pm Telephone +41 81 852 52 68 for appointment call +41792658043