With over 300 designs in production and 300 awards, the egiptian designer Karim Rashid opens a solo exhibition at Galeria Luisa Strina with a series of paintings and plastic sculptures created through an industrial process. One of the most renowed designers of his generation, the diversity of his production allows for a mixture of ideias, materials, behaviors, aesthetics from one typology to the next, crossing boundaries and broadening horizons.
At Luisa Strina, the exhibition “Blobular World” illustrates Karim’s philosophies and theories in Pleasurtroniks, the Blobject, globjectism, globalism, essensualism, technorganiks, infosthetiks, digitalia, and orgonomiks. His works seeks to communicate and inspire positive experiences through a marriage of organic forms and a technology that allows us to morph, twist, and blend our concepts. According to the designer, this new technological age has shown us digitally inspired language existing with the realm of hand made art. Karim explains, “Digital craft’s new forms and colors can sooth an inspire us more so than the antiquated ornamentation, sculpting, styling derivates of the past. Technological tools inspire me to make forms as sensual, as human, as evocative, as sculptural as possible but through new shapes that were historically impossible to make.”
Currently, Karim Rashid’s team works on 50 projects simultaneously, and operates in 35 different countries, one of them being Brazil. His works are part of important collections such as the MoMA in New York and Center Pompidou in Paris. He recently had a retrospective of his work at the Tomie Ohtake Institute in Sao Paulo, and was curator of the exhibition “Totally Rad: Karim Rashid Does Radiators for the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.” Karim Rashid will speak at Escola Paulo on August 3 at 6 p.m.