About SOFA New York 2012

SOFA stands for Sculpture Objects and Functional Art and there are three SOFA events in the United States each year – New York, Chicago and Santa Fe. The SOFA fairs are showcases for international galleries to represent artists, designers and makers and are attended by the international craft, design and art sector as well as by individual, corporate and institutional collectors and enthusiasts.

In 2012 SOFA New York is being held in The Park Lane Armory a huge structure built in the late 1800’s which occupies a whole city block in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of SOFA New York, renowned architect David Ling has been commissioned to create a stunning cutting-edge design within the exhibition hall.

“I conceived of it as a time machine-like procession,” explains the architect/designer. “This procession leads visitors from the stately, Victorian-era foyer of the Armory through a long, narrow tunnel, tantalizing you with the prospect of an unknown but exciting journey.”

“Floating high over the exhibitions will be a huge cube of light, out of which smaller blocks of light explode, traveling to all points within the hall like newly formed stars,” says Ling. “I based the concept on the Big Bang Theory. It’s about creation, re-creation and energy, the origin of the universe in the Big Bang. It served as an inspiration for a modernist constellation to light this year’s SOFA New York. And with the fair’s universe of offerings,” adds Ling, “I think my concept is a fitting one.”

Ruthin Craft Centre can be found at stand 113 in the exhibition hall, the fair is open between 20 and 23 April.

Image: David Ling – Floating blocks courtyard, Achitectural rendering, Park Avenue Armory atSOFA NEW YORK 2012

Ystyr SOFA ydy Sculpture Objects and Functional Art. Mae yna dri digwyddiad yn yr Unol Dalieuthau y flwyddyn – Efrog Newydd, Chicago a Santa Fe. Mae’r ffeiriau yn gyfle i orielau rhyngwladol I gynrychioli artistiaid, dylunwyr a gwneuthurwyr ac yn gyfle hefyd i’r sector crefft, dylunio a chelfyddydau yn ogystal a casglwyr unigol, corfforaethol a sefydliadol.

Yn 2012, mae SOFA New York yn cael ei gynnal ar The Park Lane Armory, sef strwythyr enfawr a gafodd ei adeiladu yn hwyr yn y 1800au gan hawlio bloc cyfan ar ochr ddwyreiniol ucha’r ddinas. I ddathlu penblwydd SOFA New York yn 15eg oed, mae’r pensaer adnabyddus David Ling wedi ei gomisiynnu i greu darn arlosol a thrawiadol yn y neuadd arddangos.

Gellir ffindio Canolfan Grefft Rhuthun ar stondin 113 yn y neuadd arddangos, mae’r ffair yn agored o’r 20fed i’r  23ain o Ebrill.

Llun: David Ling – ‘Floating blocks courtyard, Achitectural rendering, Park Avenue Armory atSOFA NEW YORK 2012′


About Kathryn Campbell

Gallery Assistant at Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen, Wales UK
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