A private tour of the art fair Design Miami / Basel with artist, designer and architect Philip Michael Wolfson.
For those of you who find yourselves in Basel during the Art & Design, and would like to have a look at what's being presented in this latest of the Design Miami Fairs with an international artist, this is the opportunity.
We'll meet at 11 am at the entrance to the Design Fair, where tickets can be purchased. Then we will go through and discuss some of the highlights of the 20th and 21st century design and functional sculpture being presented. What and how is Design Art, Functional Sculpture or Craft Material being presented today.
Philip Michael Wolfson is an architect and artist who is or has been associated with a number of the exhibiting galleries, and is currently one of the important proponents of this new field of art/design.
About the artist
FROZEN DANCE/FLUID FORM, with Kirill Burlov 2011:
In the 21st century, architecture aspires to sculpture on a monumental level and on a more human scale, experimentation in the melding of fine art and functional design issues is at the forefront in pushing boundaries in the way in which we inhabit and interact with our surroundings.
PHILIP MICHAEL WOLFSON, born 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a NASA engineer. He studied architecture at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and at the Architectural Association, London, England, where he was discovered by Zaha Hadid. After completing his studies he spent the next ten years as head of design in her studio. In 1991 Wolfson established his own studio and has worked throughout Europe and the USA on interiors and functional art works shown at leading international art and design exhibitions, galleries, and public venues.
Wolfson has established his distinctive pathway re-examining the forms and ideas of the early 20th century Modernist movements, particularly Constructivism and Futurism. Theoretical elements of the Concrete Poetry movement also serve as inspiration. His unique approach to functional sculpture, design and art is informed by the dynamics of fracture and fragmentation – layering and manipulating his materials into fluid shapes and forms, where the movement of light, shadow and reflection are an integral part of the seduction of the work. They are elegant, graceful forms, at certain times even taking on anthropomorphic characteristics, generating an energetic movement like an impassioned orchestral conductor.
The use of noble materials such as various woods, glass, metals and stones, as well as new materials, such as carbon fiber, resins, and synthetic concretes brings a powerful dynamic and an individual contemporary interpretation that enhances this unique approach.
Many of the works are now being commissioned and realized for use in the public realm, as sculptures, and as interactive functional art. Most notably are the SoundForm ROBERT for the restaurant at the Museum of Art & Design in NYC, and SoundForm FLUID, commissioned as the centerpiece of the promotion for the launch of LVMH Glenmorangie in the Far East. Additionally, there are proposals for outdoor sculptures being carried out in the UK and the USA.
Works by Philip Michael Wolfson have been shown at, or are included in numerous international collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum (London. UK), the Foundation Cartier (Paris, FR), the Museum of Art & Design (New York, USA) and the Price Tower Arts Center (Bartlesville, USA). His designs are on display at renowned galleries (Pearl Lam Design Gallery, Shanghai; Franziska Kessler, Zurich; Sebastian + Barquet, New York; Industry Gallery, Washington D.C/LA.), at high-profile design art fairs (Art Basel, Design Miami, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, TEFAF, Maastricht) and thru the auction houses, Christies and Phillips de Pury in London and New York.
Recent/Upcoming Books featuring works:
-Interior Portraits; Rizzoli 2014
-Furniture by Architects; Images Publishing Group 2013
-Design After Modernism; WW Norton & Co 2012
-Once Upon a Chair; Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin 2009
-Limited Edition; Birkhauser, Basel 2009
-Desire; Die Gestalten Verlag, Berlin 2008
-2012 GOOD DESIGN AWARD; ‘Twisted X’ Desk*-The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design & The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies
-2012 YAMANA GOLD “Passion to Perform” Art Competition - SHORT LIST FINALIST; ‘Liquid Gold’ Sculpture*
-2012 COMEX COLOUR TREND FORECAST 2014; -Invited as one of 12 Forecast Participants
-2011 LVMH GLENMORANGIE CHINA/FAR EAST DESIGN CHALLENGE; SoundForm FLUID* -Awarded Contract for the Design & Fabrication of the work of art to launch Glenmorangie in the Far East and China as the centerpiece of the campaign.
-2010 URBAN CANVAS COMPETITION - SHORT LIST FINALIST; ‘JazzLine’ - Competition for the design of artwork to be fabricated on construction hoarding for NYC building projects.