Gaetano Pesce has been known for his unique artistic statements since the 1960’s. Now, a selection of his works can be seen at Allouche Gallery (115 Spring Street) in the exhibition Gaetano Pesce: One-of-a-Kind Iconic Works, 1969-2015 from March 26 to April 25. There will be an opening reception at the gallery on March 26 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The exhibition is comprised of 60 pieces, many of which are on view in New York City for the first time. Some highlights include the UP 5&6 Chair, the XXXL Fabric Vase and the Bastone Lamp.
UP 5&6 Chair, 1968. Fiberglass and epoxy putty.
“Art and design should be a service to the people,” said Pesce. “An object should express more than beauty, nice form and function—it should be subversive and express a political point of view.” His works combine art, architecture and design to pass social and political commentary. Many pieces are intended to humorously and ironically attack mass-produced architecture and object.
Left, Kid Lamp, 2013. Resin, epoxy resin, string. Right, Senza Fine Unica, 2011. Polyurethane.
One of his statement pieces that pairs design with a political message is his UP Chair. Meant to resemble a prehistoric female fertility figure with a ball attached to it by a chain, it aims to make a statement about how in many societies women are systematically denied rights, and subject to the prejudices of men. In a larger sense, this piece reflects the artist’s view that democracy should protect diverse groups, and that design should celebrate that diversity.
Allouche Gallery is open Monday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.