Several new artworks by Dominic Harris made their inaugural appearance at the Art 14 London fair. Presented by the Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design, the show included the new “Jungled” artwork presented on an 84 inch Ultra High Definition screen. Several of the “Jungled” edition were sold direct from the fair in what proved to be an exceptionally busy and successful week.
Dominic Harris returned to the Geneva Art Fair for the second year in a row, presented again by the Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design. On show was the Ruffled “Dodo”, 3 new Shimmer artworks, and the few remaining Baby Butterfly artworks from an edition that is almost sold out.
Extract from “T” magazine in New York Times, 18 October 2013
Just last year, Dominic Harris built a 50-foot wide, 3.2-ton disc, which was illuminated with orange LED lighting, suspended beneath a cargo helicopter and flown up the River Thames. The “UFO” was a cheeky billboard for Microsoft’s latest Halo video game. “I love the audacity of being ridiculous,” Harris says.
The London-based designer, who has trained and worked as an architect, has since deployed the same futuristic theatrics on a much smaller scale to create a hanging light fixture called the Moon Chandelier. It uses the very new (and very expensive) technology of organic LEDs, which emit light from a wafer-thin substrate. But rather than accentuate that flatness — which has been the impulse of other designers — Harris encapsulated the lights in tennis-ball-size acrylic spheres, which appear like illuminated water droplets, and assembled the piece by hand in his multidisciplinary studio. “I still feel that we’re very much artisans, working with cutting-edge technology,” says Harris, whose designs caught the eye of Ron Dennis, the high-profile owner of the McLaren Formula One racing team. Dennis not only bought one of Harris’s works — he invested in the whole studio.
(photo: Hugo Tillman)
Gallery PPriveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design is continuing to represent Dominic Harris, with a major show of existing and new artworks at the Pad London 2013 show in Berkley Square, 14 – 20 October 2013.
photo © Ian Scigliuzzi