Demisch Danant, New York
May 1, 2013 – July 13, 2013
542 West 22nd Street, New York City
+1 212-989-5750

Inspired by her recent exploration of arborial themes and leaf forms as decorative elements in furniture and accessories, Maria Pergay has created a group of new works that display meticulous, jewelrylike handwork in bronze and patinated copper. These materials represent an exciting departure for the celebrated Paris-based designer, who has long been admired for her pioneering use of stainless steel and ability to bring to it an unprecedented level of sensuality.

This exhibition revels in the designer’s preoccupation with fantasy and “a colorful imaginary realm where arbitrary standards dissolve and pleasure of the senses takes over.” Comprising a dozen major new pieces, the exhibition celebrates the 45th anniversary of Pergay’s now legendary May 1968 breakthrough exhibition of stainless steel furniture at Galerie Maison et Jardin. At 82 years of age, Pergay continues to surprise by bringing innovation and fantasy to her bravura works in metal.

Among the objects on view is a sculptural fixture more than six feet tall. This whimsical interpretation of a perfect tree in full leaf boasts branches articulated in hand hammered cast bronze; its leaves have been executed in red patinated copper and bronze. Pergay gives this signature work near-magical qualities. Its vivacity of color and the detailed articulation of its fronds and branches, achieve degrees of delicacy and liveliness not generally associated with bronze and copper.

Just as Maria Pergay’s earlier work defied stainless steel’s image as hard-edged and purely industrial, her latest explorations in bronze and copper ambush expectation and transcend the supposed limits of her materials.