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Untitled Homeware invited the artist Jonathan Binet to present a series of pieces in conjunction with
Unity Plate

A site specific project which combines the vision of an architect with that of an artist in the intimate space of a domestic setting. This is the idea behind Massimiliano Locatelli’s invitation to the French artist Jonathan Binet to the spaces in Corso di Porta Vigentina 12, which will see Binet coming to terms with design, a hitherto new area for him. Binet will be working on the three exhibition floors dedicated to the Untitled Homeware collections, establishing a dialogue between space and Untitled’s new concept of ‘mise en place’, named Unity Plate.

Although inspired by the design and poetry of abstract forms, Binet’s research also encompasses a considerable material and sculptural inclination, highlighted by the physical, tactile and handcrafted impressions left as a part of every piece of work. However it would be more appropriate to define the eventual expression of Binet’s research as a set of sculptural gestures, frozen in the aspiration to infinity that is an inherent part of every form of abstract art.

“An invitation to contemplate the sensations that each of us instinctively perceives(starting from the materials)” is how Lara Konrad defines his work, currently on display at the Balice Hertling gallery. Binet’s inquiries and research relate as much to the idea as to the material itself and its subsequent transfiguration, made instrumental in the context of the creative impulse and the imagination of which it provides tangible evidence. As part of this new project Massimiliano Locatelli wanted to bring out the more explicitly artisan aspect of Jonathan’s artistic research, reinstating the functional nature of the forms and materials of his working practice. The harmony of shapes and reductions ideally pigeon-holed in the context of an art gallery are thus expressed in the field of design and a liveable and usable dimension, without sacrificing their charm or their poetry.

Jonathan Binet (Paris, 1984) uses the traditional elements found in painting such as canvases, supports and other materials in an unconventional way. By changing the structure and deconstructing the original function of the painting, Jonathan’s work and practice are able to relate to architecture and the surrounding space. Solo exhibitions include the Palais de Tokyo, Balice Hertling in Paris, Bonner Kunstverein in Germany, the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen in Switzerland and Art Basel Statements. In 2008 he won the Gérard Viquel Prix des Amis des Beaux-Arts and the Espace Lohmond award in 2010.