Paste x The Department Store
Curated & Directed by Julie Bentley
After in collaboration with Squire & Partners, presents Paste x The Department Store, a unique site specific ceramic installation by recent RCA graduate Christopher Riggio. Responding directly to The Department Store’s reimagining and history, Paste explores craftsmanship, materials and evolutionary states.
Christopher Riggio’s design practice is centred on both functional and decorative ceramic form. His latest work Paste utilises a subtlety of materials; simulated gemstones, glass inlay and the decorative use of fractured glass. Riggio’s exploration of uncommonly used material textures belies a preconceived hierarchy of wealth, superiority and desire in the everyday. Installing directly into The Department Store’s art deco windows, Riggio alludes to the nostalgic retail experience which is paramount to identifying Riggio’s sculptural ceramics as past/present objects.
Notions of display have led to Riggio’s reimagining of the Blumenbank. To be constructed almost exclusively from clay, Riggio will employ skills and techniques such as threaded ceramics, extruded forms and slab building to demonstrate clay’s rarely seen joining ability in the creation of his display structure.
Paste x The Department Store not only explores the modular potential of ceramics, but also new ways of their integration and display within the domestic environment. The site specific installation allows Riggio to explore how his ceramics can be viewed in a context not limited by ceramics, but in the broader context of contemporary art.
The Department Store is an award winning development by architects Squire & Partners, which revives a local Brixton landmark with a design informed by the building’s existing fabric and layers of history. Squire & Partners take a collaborative approach to design - working with a wide range of established and emerging designers and makers - and are delighted to offer Christopher Riggio a platform to display his exquisite ceramic works within The Department Store, including a large scale site specific installation.