In Queens, New York, enigmatic sculptural works and installations by New York-based studio Objects of Common Interest (OoCI) are currently part of a collaborative exhibition presented by The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, titled ‘Objects of Common Interest: Hard, Soft, and All Lit Up with Nowhere to Go’.
The exhibition demonstrates the stunning relationship between art and design, bringing together Noguchi’s unique oeuvre with contemporary work by OoCI, the Athens and New York-based design studio that shares Noguchi’s original approach to sculpture and design. Isamu Noguchi was an American artist and landscape architect whose critically acclaimed artistic career spanned six decades, from the 1920s.
The works by OoCI, created by co-owners Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, present an intuitive approach to object and space making inspired by what they describe as “moments of unfamiliar simplicity”. Positioned within and around the Noguchi Museum’s garden and permanent installation, the pieces focus on form as an “abstract empirical tool of social function.” Dakin Hart, senior curator and organizer of the exhibition, has said, “What is so interesting about the things Objects of Common Interest makes is that despite often having no explicit or essential purpose, and even though their works are clearly in search of something more than function and attention, they never wander far from an unidentifiable usefulness.”