COS is pleased to introduce Open Sky; a large-scale sculptural installation by American artist Phillip K. Smith III, site-specific to the 16th century Palazzo Isimbardi and open to the publicfor the duration of Salone del Mobile, 17th-22ndApril, 2018.
Inspired by the sky above the Palazzo’s courtyard and the architecture of Milan, Phillip K. Smith III explained, ‘I wanted to pull the sky to the ground – to make it physically present. The square of sky above the courtyard transforms into a semi-circular form, that sits on the courtyard floor directly in front of the viewer. The idea was to actively and seamlessly merge the beauty of the surrounding architecture and the sky over Milan, creating an ever-changing experience”.
Moving through the courtyard’s colonnade and into the Palazzo’s adjoining garden, the central sculpture will be complemented by a series of smaller scale reflective works which occupy the green landscape. Shielded from the street, this serene space continues the interaction between architecture and nature, as the works reconfigure and re-collage samplings of the garden.
“We have been inspired by the way Phillip K. Smith III’s installations interact with their natural surroundings since we first came across his work. What he has created will allow us to experience the world around us from a different point of view. His approach feels much aligned with our own ethos of creating subtle, considered design at COS. It is from these experiences of art that our perceptions are shaped, and it’s why we are so pleased to partner with Phillip this year” said Karin Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS.
The installation marks London-based fashion brand COS’s seventh consecutive installation during Salone del Mobile and its first collaboration with Phillip K. Smith III.
Open Sky will be open to the public from 17th – 22nd April 2018 at Palazzo Isimbardi, Corso Monforte 35, 20122 Milan, a historic building dating from the 16th century.
17th April: 10.00 – 20.00
18th, 19th April: 10.00 – 17.00
20th, 21st, 22nd April: 10.00 – 20.00
Inspired by the garden works, Smith has created a series of smaller scale window displays at select COS stores that shift the world of reflection to the streetscape. Variably sized, angled, and composed, while being globally located and on view for the duration of Salone del Mobile, the experience of these works at each store location is entirely unique to the city in which they are placed.
London-based fashion brand COS creates modern, functional and considered design for women, men and children. COS uses traditional methods and new techniques to form understated collections made to last beyond the season. Committed to both timeless design and innovation, COS has supported the arts since the launch of the brand through collaborations with established and emerging artists, galleries and creative studios.
Since 2012, COS has presented unique and innovative collaborations with artists, designers, and architects in Milan during Salone del Mobile. Past collaborators include Gary Card, Bonsoir Paris, Nendo, Snarkitecture, and Sou Fujimoto, in addition to Studio Swine, whose installation with COS, New Spring, won the Milano Design Award for Most Engaging Exhibition during Milan Design Week last year.
Palm Springs-based artist Phillip K. Smith III is known for his immersive, light-based installations that employ light, space, colour, the environment and change in order to inspire viewers to reconsider their surroundings.
Smith’s works is intensely physical, seemingly ephemeral and highly meditative creating unique spatiotemporal experiences via shifting light, the changing colours of the environment and the movement of the viewer.
Through the atmosphere and pacing of his installations, Smith challenges viewers to slow down and align themselves with the work in order to see and hear the beauty that is in front of them. Phillip K. Smith III received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, completing a European Honours Programme at the school in Rome, where the density and complexity of the city’s visual character informed his work around human connectivity, place and perception. pks3.com
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