Johanna Grawunder

Alone Together

1+1+1
a project by Elena Quarestani
curated by Marco Sammicheli

April-June 2018

Johanna Grawunder

Alone Together

1+1+1
a project by Elena Quarestani
curated by Marco Sammicheli

April-June 2018

OPENING
Sunday 8 April 2018, at 6:00 pm

9 April – 1 June
Tuesday to Friday, from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and by appointment

Let's Get Lost, Johanna Grawunder ©Giovanni Hänninen // AssabOne 2018 www.hanninen.it

THANKS TO
BASE Srl, Pebeo, Ritrama
Special thanks to BBW&L and Alfredo Piacentini who have generousely made the production of Mandala possible.

Johanna Grawunder, American architect, constructs two large paths of light and colour into which the visitors can enter and wonder. Bright hanging constructions in diverse material and the surrounding darkened space offer an experience of crossing between reality and vision. The title of her installation is Alone Together.

The exhibition

“At ASSAB ONE, the spaces are vast and generous, in all ways. The spaces have intentionally been left pretty much like they were when the printing machines were finally removed and then these huge spaces no longer had an obvious raison d’etre. Alone Together is an installation of empty space punctuated with two immersive light environments. The first, which must be walked through, must be navigated, is a simple construction, asymmetrical, made with humble painted plywood and industrial components. It is called Let’s Get Lost, after the Chet Baker song because it is a jazz light. Improvised. The second piece, Mandala, is symmetrical and translucent, with bright overlaying colors and sleek luminous planes. It is meant for seeing from a distance because distance is a luxury! And you can also enter and have the experience of being inside light. In between Mandala and Let’s Get Lost, some precious empty. Dark empty. Industrial memory empty. Mindful empty. Rare and joyful, non-commercial, contemplative empty”

Johanna Grawunder

Biography

With a degree in architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she studied and worked with Gianni Pettena and Cristiano Toraldo di Francia of Superstudio in Florence (1984-1985) then moved to Milan to work with Sottsass Associati (1985-2001), becoming a partner in 1989. At Sottsass Associati she was involved primarily with architecture and interiors, co-designing with Ettore Sottsass, many of the firm’s most prestigious projects.  In 2001 she opened her own design studio in San Francisco and Milan. Johanna was drawn to the medium of light early on and has tried to incorporate architectural principles and scale, non-precious building materials and high technology light research into her designs. Her work is included in many museum permanent collections, including the High Museum Atlanta, LACMA, CNAP, SFMOMA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Art Institute Chicago, Denver Art Museum and Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris. Current commissions include a public art commission for San Francisco Airport (completion 2019), a new Light Art collection for Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

  • Mandala, Johanna Grawunder ©Giovanni Hänninen // AssabOne 2018 www.hanninen.it
  • Mandala, Johanna Grawunder ©Giovanni Hänninen // AssabOne 2018 www.hanninen.it

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