My house is out of the ordinary: Ron Gilad at Keitelman Gallery (Brussels)
Seen too many ‘difficult’ works of art, lately? Want a show that will make you smile? Then head straight for Keitelman Gallery, presenting House Sweet House (through October 31), the first ever exhibition in Belgium by Israeli designer/artist Ron Gilad (not to be confused with Ron Arad, that other Israëli designer). Gilad was awarded the designer of the year prize at the Designer Awards 2013 of Wallpaper magazine. ‘It’s Gilad’s ability to give weighty materials like steel and marble a lightness and dynamism that make him a force to be reckoned with’, stated the jury (Rick Owens, Ferran Adria, Julian Opie…). Gilad has designed a furniture range for Molteni & C, marble pieces for stone specialists Salvatori, a lamp for Moooi, tables and a shelving system for Adele-C. He left his own company in 2012 (which probably explains why his website is strangely crappy for a well-respected designer) and now divides his time between Milan and Tel Aviv, where he had a show at the Museum of Art in 2013 (images & text here). ‘I don’t have a fixed recipe, but always have a certain goal in mind: to reduce my cooking stock to the purest broth possible’, Arad is quoted in an essay. If you go there on a sunny afternoon, you might notice a funny looking shadow on the front window of the gallery: one resembling a house.