To the Minimalist, Paris-based Martin Szekely, who has worked within two territories, that of the limited-edition and that of industrial production, any everyday object should be barely noticed and that quality manifests its power. He has formulated a personal mode of minimalism and has worked with such materials as carbon fibre, crystal, Corian, silver, resin, and wood. Now, Salon 94, a gallery focusing on cutting-edge design in addition to fine art is opening Szekely’s first US solo exhibition in twenty years. It was two years after his last exhibition in New York that the French designer declared his foundational principle, named “Ne Plus Dessiner,” or “Stop Drawing,” as his objects since underpinned and accompanied by texts rather than drawings. The show presents Szekely’s new “stones” called Artefact, which consists of quartzite tables based on small pebbles that he collected on the beach in Normandy, thought the shape and texture of the small pebble was digitized, adapted to furniture scale, and then carved by a machine to an identical form from a hollowed block of stone.
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