‘dark fantasy’ exhibition in LA includes work by virgil abloh, studio drift, and maarten baas

UTA artist space, an exhibition venue in beverly hills, and carpenters workshop gallery have joined forces to present a new group exhibition titled ‘dark fantasy’. on view until november 16, 2019, the show features a selection of artists from carpenters workshop gallery’s program, including virgil ablohstudio drift, and nacho carbonell. the presentation, curated by ashlee harrison, brings to life forms that allude to bygone eras of production. ‘dark fantasy’ follows ‘DYSFUNCTIONAL’ — an exhibtion which opened in venice last may.

all images by jeff mclane

hosted by UTA artist space, the exhibition explores over a decade of functional art from 24 artists from carpenters workshop gallery’s program, creating a dialogue between space, time, and contemporary archeology. based on the concept of archeofuturism, which focuses on excavating forms of the past in order to shape future narratives of design, ‘dark fantasy’ guides the viewer through a whimsical world of the fantastic and the obscure.

two monumental wendell castle bronze sculptures flank the entrance to the exhibition, followed by a forest of nacho carbonell’s light sculptures upon arrival inside the gallery. further inside, the viewer is immersed in a decadent installation of studio drift’s ‘fragile future’. also included is ‘alaska bench’, a bronze sculpture by virgil abloh that is inspired by venice’s rising sea levels. elsewhere, branch-like structures of precious jasper jade grow into a dining table by vincenzo de cotiis, while a performative grandfather clock by maarten baas is also featured.

the exhibition features over 50 pieces by: virgil abloh, atelier van lieshout, maarten baas, aldo bakker, sebastian brajkovic, fernando and humberto campana, nacho carbonell, wendell castle, vincenzo de cotiis, ingrid donat, vincent dubourg, najla el zein, kendell geers, steven haulenbeek, anton hendrik denys, kostas lambridis, mathieu lehanneur, frederik molenschot, rick owens, random international, robert stadler, studio drift, charles trevelyan, and verhoeven twins.



project info:

name: dark fantasy
presented by: UTA artist space and carpenters workshop gallery
location: UTA artist space, 403 foothill rd, beverly hills, CA 90210
dates: october 11 – november 16, 2019