Les Ateliers Courbet is pleased to announce the May 22nd unveiling of Les Editions Courbet collection by Mauro Mori with an exclusive edition of sculptural furniture and objets handcrafted by the artist. The new pieces result from Les Ateliers Courbet's ongoing creative collaboration with the Milan-based sculptor. The exhibition will be on view at the Chelsea gallery from May 22 - July 22.
Three years after introducing Mauro's work in New York with a solo exhibition at Les Ateliers Courbet in May 2017, the forthcoming show intends to highlight the new pieces created together with the gallery alongside selected works exemplifying the artist's wood and brass mastery.
Originally trained as a wood and stone sculptor, Mori started to explore mediums such as brass, copper and bronze over two decades ago. The organic sensitivity of his work translates through silhouette and textures across media. His most recent body of work presents a series of sculptural tables made of hand-hammered brass around hand-crafted molds.
Mauro Mori's passionate consideration of design and craftsmanship is evident in every single one of his creations. His pieces are informed and inspired by the very nature and the raw possibility of the chosen material. "I see forms within the material and only allow them to reveal themselves through a patient and methodical process of subtraction and refinement." — Mauro Mori
His sensitivity to the material's beauty and sensuality, endows Mori's work with a sense of appreciation for the untouched and the natural. He therefore preserves the spirit of a material, using stains and oxidation in order to emphasize rather than conceal the material's original qualities.
The pieces are often carved in the material’s place of origin. Wood pieces are carved in the artist's studio in the Seychelles with the island's Albizia Rosa wood and Carrara marble is carefully chosen by Mori in Northern Italy near the artist's studio. Like the hand-carved wood pieces, his marble sculptures begin as single blocks. In his latest bodies of work, the artist has explored other materials and techniques, including bronze, silver and copper.
One of the most intriguing techniques that Mori utilizes is called battuto ("hammering") which is used to obtain the curvatures of the metal to form the desired volume which results in the “distressed” effect of hammered metal. The word comes from the Italian verb battere, the action of repeated strokes. It may refer to surface decoration, a technique for working metal, as well as a marker of rhythm, an indicator of life through the pulse and heartbeat's rate.
In this recent collection, Mauro uses the battuto finishing technique to achieve the irregularity and intentional imperfections of the surfaces, giving texture, warmth and life to the cold material.