Michael Anastassiades Exhibition
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Michael Anastassiades has been working for more than twenty years in lighting and furniture design. For his first presentation with the gallery, he will be showing four lighting works. The first of these, “Mobile Chandelier 3,” is part of the ongoing “Mobile Chandelier” series which started on 2008. The “Mobile Chandelier” plays with equilibrium through dialogue between perfectly shaped spheres and minimal lines. The other three unique works are from the series “General Illuminations,” “Biri Biri,” “Captive,” and “Nudge,” inspired by classic pinball machines. “Nudge” offers something akin to a visual illusion, as the light on the mirror surface is reflected to create the sense of endless depth.
Anastassiades is interested in how lighting exists in two realities: being on and being off. When off, lighting is shown as an object, a visual element that occupies the space; it communicates its materiality, reflectivity, fragility and volume. But when on, the glowing source fills a completely different space within the room, engaging in a relationship between all the objects around it, and casting shadows around other objects against the wall.
Anastassiades’ design philosophy is to preserve the inherent qualities of a given material; he finds beauty in every material, seeing material as material. He is also interested in the dynamic of how one’s relationship to objects changes over time. Positioned between fine art and industrial design, his pieces exist between what is utilitarian in function, and poetic and enigmatic in presence.
Anastassiades was born in 1968 in Cyprus. He trained as a civil engineer at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London before taking a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art. He founded his London studio in 1994 and his brand in 2007, broadening the availability of his signature designs.
Venue: Viewing Room, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
from September 26, 2017 to October 28, 2017