Most people don’t think of salvaged umbrellas, used auto parts or rusty old medical and restaurant equipment as catalysts for the imagination. But for Montclair artist and designer Boris Petropavlovsky, a former engineer trained in Russia, such found objects are elements of beauty and inspiration.
Sound implausible? See for yourself Feb. 24, 2007, in the Gallery of the New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), when more than two dozen pieces of lighting and furniture crafted since 2005 by Petropavlovsky go on view.
A two-month solo of more than two dozen works by Petropavlosky will be on view through April 6, 2007, at The Gallery, 116 Summit St., Newark, bottom floor of the NJSOA Gallery. Curated by NJSOA Special Lecturer Matthew Gosser, the show will feature designs intended for mass production as well as one-of-a-kind works of art. An opening reception is set for Saturday, February 24 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Viewing hours are weekdays, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
After studying engineering in his native Russia, Petropavlovsky arrived in New York City in 1988 to continue his education. In this new environment, he became concerned with what he viewed as the throw-away culture of consumerism. This concern developed alongside his interest in design, while working as a retail buyer.
In 2002, Petropavlovsky opened his own studio, where he began displaying discarded objects as functional and innovative creations. Drawing on his engineering background, Petropavlovsky gives new life to everyday materials - creating unusual, powerful, and often whimsical lighting and furniture pieces out of industrial debris as well as acrylic, paper, wood, leather and fabrics.
“He is inspired by the Japanese aesthetics of finding beauty in things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete,” said Gosser. Since 2001, Petropavlovsky has exhibited in galleries in Montclair and Studio 2, New York, NY.
For more information about the show, contact Gosser at 973-482-0523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.