Marcus Tremonto: Lightworks
Working with light and illusion, NYC-based artist Marcus Tremonto further blurs that permeable line between art and design with his current exhibition, Lightworks, at Philips de Pury. The result of three years of work, the show of 16 sculptural forms, tables and lamps draws on both Tremento's "Fantasma" (ghost in Italian) and "Stitch" series which use electroluminescent material to evoke everything from traditional chandeliers to abstract objects. The trick lies in the Perspex, a reflective material that creates the effect of a whole object when in fact only half actually exists.
As dazzling as they are, Tremento's visual vocabulary—lamps, orbs, spirals—plays on familiar modern forms, suggesting, as he puts it, "perhaps mystery and comfort are aligned."