To coincide with Miart and Milan’s Furniture Fair in April 2015, KALEIDOSCOPE’s project space in Milan presented an exhibition that brought together the history of Italian design with the most current developments of contemporary art.
The show established a multicolor dialogue by juxtaposing a constellation of glass vases by MEMPHIS, the cult design group initiated by Ettore Sottsass in the ’80s, and a painting installation by American artist Austin Lee (b.1983). The colorful glass vases, designed by Sottsass and hand blown in Murano, are eloquent to the iconic and irreverent style of postmodern design. Here, they share the exhibition space with “MeArt,” an installation by Lee, a Las Vegas-born, New York-based artist whose playful work hovers between the physical and the digital, the representative and the abstract.
Austin Lee’s presentation was organized in collaboration with Carl Kostyál, London/Stockholm.
Photo credits: Delfino Sisto Legnani