Arik Levy breezes through Dice Kayek’s pop-up with a wind-powered installation
Last month, to mark the start of fashion week in Paris, local label Dice Kayek opened a pop-up boutique in the city’s Galerie Catherine Houard to showcase the new 2016/2017 collections. Having secured the St Germain spot for just over a month, the brand’s founders Ayşe and Ece Ege took it upon themselves to entertain to a wider audience; and so as the fashion crowds dispersed and the art crowd gathered for FIAC, designer Arik Levy was invited to create an installation within the store.
Described by Levy as ’an installation incorporating movement and light,’ the kinetic artwork is made up of two parts - FractalWind and FacetFormation. The former comprises two clusters of LED lights suspended from a wooden frame that jostle in a gentle breeze created by a set of standard desk fans placed behind them.
Installation view at Galerie Catherine Houard
In the centre of these two clusters sits FacetFormation, a sculpture made up of interlocking discs of wood and plaster. ‘Both are transforming the space in to a space with no walls or boundaries,’ explains Levy. ‘FacetFormation, captured within this light typhoon, benefits from the light movement to show its facets and space dynamics.’
The installation marks Levy’s second collaboration with the French-Turkish Ege sisters following the 2010 installation, Log Forest, at Dice Kayak’s ‘Istanbul Contrast’ show at Istanbul Modern.