Dynamic Expansion: Art & Design Exhibition by Liz Collins
Ligne Roset’s New York corporate flagship was the proud host of Dynamic Expansion, an art and design exhibition by Liz Collins. This collaboration between Collins, Ligne Roset Contract, Pollack, and Sunbrella Contract resulted in a surrealist lounge where the art and furniture are literally cut from the same cloth of vibrating geometric patterns.
Says the artist, Liz Collins, of the installation, “Upon entering the open space in the front of the Ligne Roset showroom, one might feel a sense of being in a cave, a galaxy, underwater, and right there on the ground, all at once. I want to evoke a sense of wonder and visual stimulation—from the textile designs and the upholstered shapes to the immersive experience overall. Everything is interconnected and in dialogue, a lively conversation both above and below the viewer. I want the room to feel completely new and strange, while also having a sense of the familiar and of comfort.”
The environment consisted of seven suspended paintings above five Ligne Roset Prado sofas - designed by Christian Werner - custom upholstered in eclectic, graphic, high-performance Sunbrella fabrics. These original textiles are featured in Liz Collins’s Spring 2021 capsule collection for Pollack and are created from luxe Sunbrella Contract yarns. The mix of classic design elements and bold patterns created a highly idiosyncratic and unconventional art and design experience.
The visual art components, collectively titled Shape Shifters, blurred traditional boundaries. The Dynamic Expansion fabric was transformed with paint and showers of yarn to create paintings that exploded into sculptures. Suspended, they subverted the idea of a painting as something for a wall and became like chandeliers. The unique personalities of these paintings--their different moods, different looks, different states of being--further highlighted the interrogations of perspective in the installation.
For more information, here is a video of Liz Collins and her Dynamic Expansion installation.
Images by Federica Carlet