It has been years since Israeli-born London based designer/architect/artist Ron Arad has exhibited in New York. Next week, Paul Kasmin Gallery, which has recently announced its representation of Arad, will open “In Reverse,” an exhibition of his recent metal works. First shown at the Design Museum Holon, Israel and later traveled to the Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy, this show examines the ongoing dialogue between handmade and digital processes in Arad’s practice. Rather than manipulate materials to generate functionality, he reverses their utilitarian purpose and transforms them into one-of-a-kind objects. For Arad, these crushed car sculptures are “the nearest thing you could do in three-dimensions to action painting.” Even the Fiat itself retains iconographic importance to Arad; the Fiat Topolino 500c Giardiniera was his family’s first car, and as a child in Tel Aviv, his father nearly died in an accident in the vehicle.