25 March – 1 May 2010
With the arrival of Abandon Architectures, El Ultimo Grito’s new book, The Aram Gallery presented three collections of work from 2009 and 2010, previously unseen in the UK.
Known for their engaging reinvention of objects, and large scale installations, El Ultimo Grito’s more recent work has included direct questioning of cultural and social preconceptions. This new direction is embodied in the selected works for this exhibition which included: a group of large blown glass installation pieces exploring architectural archetypes created with master glassblowers in Italy; a collection of lightweight cardboard and resin furniture, incorporating structural ingenuity with rich colouring and suggesting an alternative design and production method for a permanent dining table; and ‘Found objects: Dialogues’ a series of photographic re-appropriations of famous quotes.
Roberto Feo and Rosario Hurtado are the Post Disciplinary studio EL ULTIMO GRITO. Their work “reflects upon their interest in how contemporary culture incorporates, re-uses and re-interprets the systems and structures that it has inherited. Within this context the challenge is to create new objects, which can be typologically disentangled from our conventional (learned) understanding of the world, and thus offer alternative ways to live, work and communicate." El Ultimo Grito’s work has been widely exhibited and is collected by leading International museums and galleries.
In 2008 the practice was renamed EUG Studio during a two year residency in Berlin. Now based back in London the studio’s work has expanded into a distinct critical practice along side Product design and Art Direction. Both partners teach at the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths University, as well as being acting visiting Professors at HFBK, Hamburg University.
Photographer Shira Klasmer