Aranda\Lasch: Crystal Rules
Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm
Exhibition runs from August 12th – November 12, 2014
Building A9-1 of 751 D•Park, No.4 of Jiuxianqiao Road
Gallery ALL is pleased to announce the launch of its new 5,400 square foot Beijing gallery with a solo exhibition of the celebrated designer-architects Aranda\Lasch (Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch) on Tuesday, August 12th from 6pm to 8pm. Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch have been collaborating over the past 11 years with Aranda working in New York and Lasch working in Tuscon. In May, Gallery ALL opened its first space in downtown Los Angeles with the mission to introduce exceptional works of contemporary furniture and showcase the most cutting-edge, experimental designs from around the world. As one of the few pioneer design galleries in China, Gallery ALL Beijing continues this mission, presenting the first stateside show of works by the U.S.-based Aranda\Lasch for the gallery’s inaugural exhibition. Aranda\Lasch develops experimental furniture products and structures that explore new concepts in fabrication and assembly, creating works as a series of systems that combine small units to form a larger work.
The exhibition, “Crystal Rules,” is a retrospective of Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch, centered on their ongoing exploration of crystallographic structure, modularity, and material expression. The show will present new works alongside their iconic Primitives and Quasi series, systems of identical geometric shapes configured in a multitude of arrangements. Some of these new works, set to first debut at Gallery ALL Beijing, take inspiration from past designs. This is the case with several new pieces that are grown out of the duo’s continuing collaboration with the artist Matthew Ritchie, but the show also includes one piece that evolves their signature modular style in a new direction: the seamless curved stainless steel “Scallop Table.”
The dynamic space will feature a rotating program of large-scale exhibitions, events and presentations, from an international cadre of designers, artists, and architects located inside the @ALL Space, a two-floor glass building that also houses five young creative firms. Gallery ALL Beijing will join forces in turning @ALL Space into a nexus of art and design in the 751 Design Park, an old factory-turned emerging design center adjacent to the renowned 798 Art District in Northeast Beijing.
“Modern China is always associated with politics and economic development, yet the design potential and the public’s appreciation of design is overlooked.” says Qinqyun Ma, co-founder of Gallery ALL. “By establishing a design gallery in Beijing’s rapidly-growing design center 751, we want to create a design community with other design entities in the area and introduce the collectors and the public the top designs in and outside China that are thought-provoking and of contemporary significance” adds Yu Wang, co-founder of Gallery ALL.
“Design galleries are not well established in China. There are very few galleries in China that professionally exhibit and market contemporary design, especially designs from outside China. We hope to fill the gap and bring in the most cutting-edge designs from around the world that challenge traditional aesthetics and design approaches.” continues Milla Liou, Director of Gallery ALL, Beijing.
Qinqyun Ma and his partner, co-founder Yu Wang, share a similar attitude in that they are constantly challenging boundaries—be it through the exploration of materials, non-traditional processes, or their fascination with bold and experimental designs—their collective purpose is to introduce the world to design that is remarkably distinctive from what is currently offered in the mass market.