An exhibition featuring five outdoor installations, “Refuge” was commissioned for the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach 2015. The natural and cultural characteristics of Miami, as well as the landscape and architecture of the site, inspired the five vignettes. On view to the public from December 2 through 6, these large-scale, original public artworks were curated by Camille Obering and featured pieces by Philippe Malouin, Hilary Harnischfeger, Robert Lazzarini, Michele Oka Doner, and Carlos Rolón/Dzine.
“Architectural Digest celebrates the importance of art and design and we are proud to support artists by commissioning pieces visitors can enjoy throughout Art Basel Miami Beach,” noted Giulio Capua, Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of Architectural Digest. “Many of our participating partners have a rich history of collaborating with artists, which made this project achievable and even more gratifying.”
Delhi Mound, 2015 by Hilary Harnischfeger: In Delhi Mound, Harnischfeger’s use of an exposed steel armature, hydrostone, and reconfigured ceramic and glass sink basins from Kohler that present raw mineral, further expand on her exploration of seemingly contradicting materials. Her work has a geological quality to it and a sense of discovery.
Untitled, 2015 by Robert Lazzarini: Robert Lazzarini’s artworks have the effect of confusing visual and haptic space, complicating the space of pictures and the space of things. His work challenges basic perceptual tenets and interrupts the viewer’s habituated processes of visual recognition. For his installation, Lazzarini utilizes an inverted trapezoid to show a pair of female eyes peering out from the wall both through the patterning of lines in the image and the physical palm trees in front of it. Untitled was created using Benjamin Moore paints.
Movements, 2015 by Philippe Malouin: Malouin is an artist who examines the unexpected use of materials in everyday life. Movements, which incorporates a 12-piece swingset and an array of handmade planters, is an interactive installation juxtaposing the natural, organic beach scenery with the minimalist, monolithic language investigated by the designer. Because of its circular arrangement, each swing faces another to encourage an interaction that is at once individual and communal. Swings are made from Caesarstone.
Mangrove Retreat, 2015 by Michele Oka Doner: Oka Doner’s work is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary. Mangrove Retreat is a new take on an old theme. Mangroves have offered their sheltering leaves to countless visitors to South Florida from the indigenous natives to the Keys’ fishermen. They create a home for native fish hatcheries and a home for locals and travelers to Art Basel Miami Beach. Oka Doner has created a tradition worth keeping and translating into a shared future. Sunbrella fabric was featured in the piece.
Bochinche, 2015 by Carlos Rolon/Dzine: Bochinche is inspired by the idea of Puerto Rican people gathering and having discussion, debate, or gossiping in front of a neighbor’s home or on benches in a local Pueblo (town square). Rolon’s installation incorporates three custom marble benches surrounding a central sculpture of wrought iron fence work, handmade macrame, and the exotic floral vegetation that would surround one’s home. Ann Sacks tiles were featured in the piece.
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