Eye Candy, a site-specific installation designed by faculty member Elena Manferdini will be on view starting January 17 in a special exhibition at the Pacific Design Center (gallery space B231).
Commissioned by INDUSTRY Los Angeles, Manferdini’s work is a deliberate flirtation with the contemporary attraction to the glossy, the playful, the fictional and the pop. The installation’s unique iconography puts forth a clear statement that architectural material finishes have the communicative potential to enter into the imaginary realm of our “eye-candy” culture, exploiting our most superficial of obsessions including desire, age, gender, media, consumption and delight.
Manferdini is principal of Atelier Manferdini, a Los Angeles based design office which she founded in 2004. Her practice is based on a multi-scale work methodology and embraces the philosophy that design can participate in a wide range of multidisciplinary developments that define our culture.