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
Dominic Harris has seven artworks and design objects on display at the Design Miami/Basel 2013 exhibition, running 11-16 June 2013. It is the first time in a year that the Flutter artwork has been shown, providing a historical counterpart to the new pieces “Chess Block“, “Oled Moon Chandelier” and “Reflex“. The pieces are presented by the Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design.
Four artworks by Dominic Harris are on display at the Pad Paris 2013 Fair, in Paris, France 26 March – 1 April 2013. Several previously shown pieces are on display alongside the new “October 8” artworks. If you are visiting, the artworks can be found on the stand of the Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Five artworks by Dominic Harris are on display at the artgenève, salon international d’art, in Switzerland 30 January – 3 February 2013. Several previously shown pieces are on display alongside the new “October Cube” artwork. If you are visiting, the artworks can be found on the standy of the Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design at stand A59.
2 artworks by Dominic Harris are currently installed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. “Ice Angel” is exhibited for the first time in Europe on a long term display in the British Galleries of the V&A. A second temporary art lighting installation titled “Walk the Light” was commissioned by the London Design Festival and the V&A and will be on public display until 24 September 2012. For further information please visit the V&A website.