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La Selva

Carnovsky takes their colorful RGB wallpaper to London in a jungle-themed exhibition

by Paolo Ferrarini in Design on 30 June 2011

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Lighting up Milan's famed wallpaper studio Jannelli & Volpi last spring with their collection of mesmerizing "RGB" wall coverings, Carnovsky will continue to entrance gallery-goers with a new jungle-inspired series at London's Jaguar Shoes, dubbed "La Selva."

Founded in '97 by Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla, the Milan-based duo create surfaces that change and interact with different chromatic inputs to a stunning degree. Using a layering technique to create various colorful and slightly baroque effects, the jungle's dense vegetation makes the perfect subject for Carnovsky to work with next.

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The superimposition of three different images—each a single color—creates a visual chaos where tones, lines and shapes overlap in an ethereal display of emotion. When viewed through a colored lens or shown under a different shade of light the individual layers can be shown or hidden to reveal the elements of the composition.

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Karnovsky uses wallpaper as a sort of contemporary mural, creating completely immersive environments that feel like a surreal dream. The general theme of the subjects is metamorphosis, to narrate a story of the things through the idea of their unceasing mutation and transformation.

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"La Selva" will be on view from 28 July through 21 September 2011 at Jaguar Shoes in Shoreditch.

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