Design & Dissolution

Friday, September 23, 2011

opening reception 6–8:30pm
closing party and performance:
Saturday, Nov. 19, 6–9pm
performance by Möbius Operandi
at 7:30pm

  • Oliver Dicicco
  • Julian Hönig

Design & Dissolution

sculpture and mixed media

Oliver DiCicco displays the versatility of a renaissance artist. He is a multi-talented designer who is at the same time sculptor, fabricator, scientist, engineer, and musician. The mix of playful curiosity, technical capability and aesthetic sensibility required to accomplish his broad range of work is astonishing.

Oliver DiCicco has made San Francisco his base of operations for over thirty years. Early in his career he was the owner and chief engineer of Möbius Music Recording, a highly respected, state of the art recording facility. His work in the audio field has been recognized by several Grammy nominations, and RIAA gold record awards. His sculptural work focuses primarily on musical instrument sculpture and kinetic sound sculpture. He designed and built the musical instruments for the Mobius Operandi ensemble. Formed in 1991, the ensemble plays composed and improvised music and has performed in numerous concerts and multi-disciplinary theater productions. DiCicco's large-scale kinetic sound sculptures and avant guard set designs have drawn rave reviews while being used as interactive components in unique theatrical productions.

Oliver's experimental sculptural musical instruments have been described in Bart Hopkin's book, Gravikords, Whilrlies & Pyrophones, as being "high tech" but "with a human sort of tactility", and "beautifully fashioned." An editor of the Best of the Bay Guardian said of Dicicco's work: "The Due Capi - a horn of angular chrome microwave pipes fitted onto a solid black column, its convolutions ending in two saxophone mouthpieces - looks like it should be played by aliens," and "The symmetrical hanging glass rods, gleaming wood, and huge scale of the Crystal Harp were obviously designed with angels in mind."

Julian Honig is a renowned industrial designer, having shaped automobiles coveted by consumers around the globe.  He trained at the Technical College of Design in Graz, Austria (’96-’00), then, on an Audi scholarship, to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena (2000-‘02), where his talents were quickly recognized, being hired by Audi in 2003 and moving to the position of Senior Designer.  His initial work on the Audi LeMans showcar of ’03 led to exterior project management for the Audi ‘RSQ’ in the film ‘I, Robot’, as well as real-world models A4 and Q3.  His success with production cars, several ‘show’ prototypes, and futuristic film creation, brought him to the attention of fantasy-on-the-road carmaker Lamborghini, where Julian was the Senior Designer.

Julian’s childhood love of paint and abstraction were rekindled during a college internship at a large cardboard company.  While exploring novel forms and uses for the board, he experimented after hours with dyes and paints on hand…and has been exploring a relationship between cast-off work materials and personal expression ever since.   The highly technical, disciplined process demanded by his industrial design contrast sharply with his ‘after hours’ activities; painting and surfing.    Using cast-off industrial drawings, he responds to the rigidity of the lines with a fluid brushstroke, guided by intuition and feeling, a physical response or even reaction to the concrete boundaries, constrictions and tight parameters of daily industrial design problem solving.

The obsolete drawings like ghosts behind his fresh gestures and mini cartoon drawings perhaps are suggesting the ironies in our culture of being trapped in unworkable unsustainable systems or conversely, presenting the hope of technology solving humanitarian issues. At the same time the large scale, and and references to japanese calligraphy create a sense of joy. A true designer always cares as much about what is left out of a work as what is put in...embodying this sensibility along with the juxtaposition of forms, tension and unusual materials, Hönig's mixed media paintings seek a synthesis of exquisite design with an enigmatic truth and mystery.

Design and Dissolution