Campana Brothers: Hybridism
Posted on April 26 2019
The Campana Brothers present 'Hybridism' at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London.
The Campana Brothers return to London for their first solo show at Carpenters Workshop Gallery to present 'Hybridism', a collection of 13 mesmerising furniture objects and sculptures showcasing in the gallery.
Hybridism explores the Campana Brothers’ sculptural experimentation and their foray into the artistic realm of personal expression and societal commentary. Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Campana Brothers, Humberto and Fernando, view themselves as hybrids. Their studio, Estudio Campana, works in partnership with local communities, NGOs and factories to create pieces that celebrate the bright colours and rich textures of their native country. Adopting an environmental ethos, the brothers utilise existing everyday materials, reinventing them to achieve simple solutions that do not compromise on their principles of aesthetic or design.
The collection combines a series of animal forms and natural textures, immediately attracting the eye, producing curiosity that surrounds the intriguing styles and finishes. Inspired by mythological stories, the 'Noah' series is influenced by the story of Noah’s Ark, using it as a starting point for the designs. The collection also serves as an awakening of the preservation of an animal's life and its habitat, expressed through the form of surrealism, a theme that echoes through many of the works from the brothers.
This exhibition is an evolutionary culmination of Estudio Campana. Over the past few decades, the famed studio has heavily committed to the research of materials, design production, specialised techniques and the promotion of traditional craftsmanship with artisans to preserve the traditions of Brazil.
Works by the Campana Brothers are part of the permanent collections at the MoMA in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Musée Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein among others.
Images courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.
Hybridism is on display at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London between 22 March to 17 May 2019.
For further details on the collection and to explore other works, click to view the official Campana website. Information on the exhibition, past and present shows feature on the Carpenters Workshop Gallery website.