Fri 10 Nov 2023 to Fri 19 Jan 2024
Sélavy by Di Donna presents Rock/Paper/Scissors, an original salon at Di Donna Galleries in New York, curated in collaboration with Steven Learner, architect and founder of Collective Design fair. The presentation includes selected examples of fine art and design objects that evoke the whimsical nature of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Inspired by the popular hand game, this curated salon is unified by a narrative surrounding the primary media of stone, paper, and metal. The assembled objects emphasize their respective materiality and celebrate the playful, often intricate artistic techniques employed in their creation — including paper collage, carved stone, and manipulated metal fabrications. The show includes works from artists such as: Ian Collings, Byung Hoon Choi, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Alma Allen, Jean (Hans) Arp, Sebastian Brajkovic, Andrea Branzi, Alexander Calder, Irene Cattaneo, Tara Donovan, Jean Dubuffet, Carol Egan, Lucio Fontana, Frank Gehry, Rogan Gregory, Keith Haring, Hechizoo, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Alicja Kwade, Sol LeWitt, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Nuvolo, Claes Oldenburg, Rick Owens, Man Ray, George Rickey, Ed Ruscha, Robert Stadler, Faye Toogood, William Turnbull, Victor Vasarely, Line Vautrin, Andy Warhol and Chen Chen & Kai Williams.
For his first curatorial collaboration with Sélavy, Learner has designed an evocative domestic setting within Di Donna’s gallery space that leans into the sense of play engendered by Rock, Paper, Scissors. The objects are arranged in imaginative vignettes that accentuate dynamic conversations. Throughout the gallery, Learner explores how artists embrace or challenge the physical nature of their chosen materials to either enhance or subvert appearance and perception.
Alicja Kwade’s constellation of natural stones engages with Man Ray’s sculptural painted aluminum lampshade whose form originates from a single, twisted sheet of paper; both objects generate expressive atmospheric effects that obliquely speak to George Rickey’s angular kinetic sculpture. Korean artist Choi Byung Hoon’s stone furnishings bring the organic texture of nature into the domestic space, while Faye Toogood’s cast aluminum armchair masquerades as folded sheets — rendering paper permanent. Lucio Fontana’s iconic tagli straddle the line between painting and sculpture while Jean Arp’s organic forms resemble the transient state between liquid and solid. Isamu Noguchi’s sculptural objects, Alexander Calder’s characteristically playful cut metal and wire sculptures and Tara Donovan’s endless paper plate sculpture all exemplify the inherent dualities found in the exhibition.
Rock/Paper/Scissors brings together works that challenge convention while simultaneously creating a visually dynamic and immersive experience. Through juxtapositions of strength and delicacy, permanence and ephemerality, plasticity and rigidity, the salon fosters complex material dialogues and demonstrates how these artists engage in acts of play that mirror this simple and timeless game.