Gary Magakis, Blackened Gilt Steel and Bronze Double Cantilevered Console, USA, 2013
In this console, a two-door cabinet in blackened steel anchors three floating cantilevered cabinets that extend from both sides of the grounded central unit like wings. The weightless arrangement of these cabinets belies their heavy steel and bronze construction. The console’s gracefully tapered edges lend it another quality of lightness. The cabinets change in both shape and material, composed of a variety of metals including blackened and incised steel, gilded steel, and incised bronze. This console is truly a masterpiece of form and function.
Inspired by Constructivism and Modernist cantilevered houses, Gary Magakis channels architectural elements in design while tapering each of his forms uniquely. Though each of the console’s sections appear sharp at first glance, they are actually gracefully curvilinear, as the entire piece lacks any straight lines or edges. Magakis’ cantilevered cabinets allow the taut 4-door console to float; this levity, which further contrasts to the steel and bronze, renders the piece at ideal aesthetic equilibrium.
As Magakis works on a commission basis, custom dimensionality and finished may be requested.
Medium: Blackened Scored Steel, Scored Bronze with Patina, Gold Gilt
Dimensions: 28″ H x 96″ W x 21″ D, 71.12 H x 243.84 W x 53.34 D cm
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