Barry Friedman Ltd. is pleased to present Ron Arad's first site-specific installation in the United States. The exhibition of 69 unique tables will be on view in the Collins Building in Miami's Design District. This exhibition follows Ron Arad's successful two-part retrospective exhibition in New York last spring in New York.
"Paved with Good Intentions" will be Ron Arad's most complex table installation to date. "This is the second exposure of a reflective formation installation – the first, back in 1994, was conceived for the inaugural exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, where then it was made of identical pieces with identical gaps, rendering the whole floor area with reflective ambiguity," Arad explains. "Here, in Miami, none of the hand-drawn pieces are the same, the gaps here progressively bulge towards the centre and the horizontal bends gently and seamlessly into the vertical."
Ron Arad depicts "the road to hell" as a labyrinth of mirror-polished, stainless steel table tops floating across the floor and continuing up the walls of the gallery. Each table top has a unique organic shape. Together they form an undulating network of paths in which the traveler may ramble, catching unexpected glimpses of their own reflection. The pattern of reflective surfaces and the paths produced by their separations provoke uncertainty in our awareness of the distinction between form and space. This maze, as with all of Ron Arad's installations, creates a nexus between bewilderment and splendor.
Arad describes his concept, "An almost circle of reflection. An upside down world, fragmented by a network of paths, the circle slightly shifted towards the corner from its natural position at the centre of the space, where it starts bending and climbing up the walls. The upside down world in the mirror now includes an image of itself. (Why is it so fascinating to walk in an upside down world? Why is it so exciting to have the reflected outside world fragmented and trapped in a space? To discover that all the pictures on the paving slabs are part of one whole picture, a picture that is constantly changing with our movement in space.) Writing these lines, we can only guess, no we can't even guess, what we are going to see – we know everything about the hardware – but the full image can only exist when it does."
The 69 tables will sit individually providing an opportunity for collectors to purchase them separately or in groups
Ron Arad, a recently published 112-page hardcover book concentrating on Arad's limited edition work with essays by Issey Miyake, Reed Krakoff, architect Jean Nouvel, and Barry Friedman, plus a rare interview between Marie-Laure Jousset of the Pompidou Museum and Ron Arad is available through the gallery.
Active in London for more than 30 years, Ron Arad was born in Tel Aviv in 1951. After studying at the Jerusalem Academy of Art (1971-73), he moved to London to study at the Architectural Association in London (1974-79). In 1981, Ron Arad and Caroline Thorman co-founded the design studio "One Off Ltd.," and in 1989, they established 'Ron Arad Associates'. He was professor of Design at the Hochschule in Vienna from 1994 to 1997, and is currently head of Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art.
Ron Arad has exhibited at major museums and galleries world-wide and his work is represented in numerous private and public collections including, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y; Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Vitra Design Museum, Germany, Stedelijk, The Netherlands, among others. Ron Arad's work has been widely featured in books, magazine articles, professional journals, and press internationally.
Ron Arad designs for many leading companies including Kartell, Vitra, Moroso, Fiam, Driade, Alessi, Flos, among others. Architectural projects include: Y's Yojhi Yamamoto store, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Maserati Headquarters Showroom in Italy, the Selfridges Technology Hall in London, the Tel Aviv Opera Foyer in Israel, the Belgo Noord and Belgo Centraal restaurants in London. He recently completed the design of a floor of rooms at the new Hotel Puerta America in Madrid, and is currently working on the luxury Upperworld Hotel atop London's Battersea Power Station and on a new Design Museum for Holon, Israel.