Call of the wild: Michele Oka Doner's Mysterium at David Gill Gallery

New York-based sculptor, author and jewelry designer Michele Oka Doner brings her curious compendium to London's David Gill Gallery with a solo show

A interior design picture of the art
A solo exhibtiion of the works of New York-based sculptor, author and jewelry designer Michele Oka Doner is on show until 18 December
(Image credit: David Gill Gallery)

New York-based Michele Oka Doner is one of those fearless designers who effortlessly transcends mediums. Whether its a line of fine jewellery, a video installation, a book or a subway station wall, Doner has tackled them all over her four-decade career.

On show until 18 December, 23 of Doner's works created over 25 years (1990 - 2015) have been gathered in London for a solo exhibition at David Gill Gallery. Titled 'Mysterium', the gallery has been transformed into a dimly lit cave filled with Doner's curiously-textured furniture and objects. Among them are a rough hewn circular bench, table and a branch-like candelabra all made from cast bronze; sterling silver goblets appear as if they were made from folded fabric while a set of place card holders appear to be cast from clusters of seaweed or coral. 

Born in 1945 in Miami Beach, the daughter of the city mayor and the granddaughter of artist Samuel Heller, Doner's formative years were spent outdoors, combing Florida's beaches and exploring the local fauna and flora. It was these early experiences that ignited her love of the natural world and would go on to shape her distinctive design aesthetic. Described by writer and curator Suzanne Ramljak as 'the sculptural interpreter of nature’s vast lexicon' and 'nature’s scribe' by the curator Barbara Bloemink, Doner's sculptural work sits within the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Smithsonian Institution and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; V&A Museum, London; Centre Pompidou Library and La Musée des Arts Décoratifs, The Louvre, Paris.

An interior design furniture

23 of Doner's works created over 25 years (1990 - 2015) have been gathered in London. Pictured: Michele Oka Doner Meteorite Cosmos chair, circa 1990. 

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Titled ’Mysterium’, the show sees the gallery transformed into a dimly lit cave filled with Doner’s curiously-textured furniture and objects. 

(Image credit: David Gill Gallery)

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Among them are this rough hewn circular bench and table realised in bronze. Pictured: Michele Oka Doner Radiant table 2015 and Ice Ring bench 2015.

(Image credit: David Gill Gallery)

A golden metallic coffee table

Doner's work is characterised by rough textures and forms that reference the natural world. Pictured: Michele Oka Doner Radiant table 2015. 

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A creative art of lamp shade

With branches cast in brushed bronze, Doner's floor-standing Burning Bush candelabrum created between 1995 and 2013 populate the floor of the gallery. 

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An exterior picture of art light

This particular Burning Bush candelabrum is one of the artist's earliest versions created in 1995.

(Image credit: Michele Oka Doner)

A modern vases with darkness

Born in 1945 in Miami Beach, Doner's aesthetic is influenced by her formative years spent combing Florida's beaches and exploring the local fauna and flora.

(Image credit: David Gill Gallery)

An lamp with contemporary art

Doner has been described by writer and curator Suzanne Ramljak as ’the sculptural interpreter of nature’s vast lexicon’ and ’nature’s scribe’ by the curator Barbara Bloemink. Pictured: Michele Oka Doner Spirograph I, 2008. 

(Image credit: Michele Oka Doner)

INFORMATION

Michele Oka Doner ’Mysterium’ is at David Gill Gallery until 18 December 2015. For more information visit David Gill Gallery’s website (opens in new tab)

ADDRESS

David Gill Gallery
2-4 King Street
St. James's
London SW1Y 6QP

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