An exhibition curated by FELIX BURRICHTER
Exhibition design by CHARLAP HYMAN & HERRERO
Video by MICHAEL DELLA POLLA
Editing by ANTHONY VALDEZ
Sound by DAN BODAN
Special thanks to DIS
“Blow Up” was on view at Friedman Benda gallery in New York from January 10 until February 16, 2019. It was part of Friedman Benda’s annual guest-curated exhibition program. “Blow Up” was curated by FELIX BURRICHTER, the founder and editor of the architecture and design magazine PIN–UP. The exhibition took the miniaturized domestic ideal of the dollhouse and blew it back up to full size. With the help of design firm CHARLAP HYMAN & HERRERO, Burrichter transformed the gallery space into a Freudian trip through a 1:1 dollhouse, complete with bedroom, dining room, kitchen, study, and nursery.
Throughout the exhibition, the art and design bore the strangeness of their “re-rescaling” as simplified forms designed for a miniature world entering back into our own. Shrunken furniture was restored to macro scale in a double abstraction that left everything at uncanny and uneven. “’Blow Up’ is a show about the aesthetics and materiality of scale, and how the objects we’re surrounded with during our childhood condition our ideas of domesticity, taste, and social norms today,” states Burrichter.
“Blow Up” was a dialogue between seminal designs from 1970s and 80s by Wendell Castle, Gaetano Pesce, and Shiro Kuramata, with contemporary art and design, including over a dozen works specially commissioned for the show. Artists, architects, and designers on view included:
RAFAEL DE CÁRDENAS/ARCHITECTURE AT LARGE
CHARLAP HYMAN & HERRERO
WOLFGANG LAUBERSHEIMER (PENTAGON GROUP)
WOODY DE OTHELLO
OONA BRANGAM SNELL
CHEN CHEN & KAI WILLIAMS
KRISTEN WENTRCEK & ANDREW ZEBULON
The exhibition was accompanied by a small publication featuring texts by JEPPE UGELVIG, MICAELA DURAND, EMMA MCCORMICK GOODHART, TAYLORE SCARABELLI, and DREW ZEIBA.