It's a honeymoon week for the ongoing marriage between art and design. The amicable pair blissfully merge for London’s Frieze Art Fair and PAD – and American designer Holly Hunt is exploring the other half for the first time, collaborating with contemporary artist Paula Crown.
The exhibition, titled ‘The Paula Crown Affair’ (a collaboration with New York's Marlborough Gallery), is hosting Crown’s artwork alongside two new furniture pieces decorated with the her fractal designs, on show at Hunt’s Mayfair space.
Their fruitful coupling began in Chicago – the city where both creative minds come from; ‘Paula’s graphic sensibility is exceptional,' explains Hunt, 'and the depth of her fractal drawings made for an interesting application to marble.’
Crown’s organic work is said to explore place and landscape, made graphic through its patterned form. Unanchored Coordinates, one of the many prints on show, is made up of thousands of geometric lines, converging so as to almost appear 3D. Another intriguing work is a selection of MRI brain scans, 2013's Inside My Head: a contemporary self portrait, which displays tunnel visions deep into the brain that Crown has manipulated with ink on acrylic.
For the collaboration, Crown’s ‘dimensionsionised drawings’ are transcribed through brass inlaying onto Hunt’s modern pieces, creating two contemporary and fascinating forms. The gold print glows against the deep and dark Nero Assoluto marble pedestal and Vetro Bianco side table.