"Floating high over the exhibitions will be a huge cube of light, out of which smaller blocks of light explode, traveling to all points within the hall like newly formed stars. I based the concept on the Big Bang Theory. It's about creation, re-creation and energy, the origin of the universe in the Big Bang.
Floating blocks Courtyard
Architectural rendering by David Ling
SOFA New York: Friday, April 20th to Monday, April 23, 2012
Opening Night Preview, Thursday, March 19th, 2012
It served as an inspiration for a modernist constellation to light this year's SOFA NEW YORK. And with the fair's universe of offerings," I think my concept is a fitting one."
There will be no doubt that the crowds who visit the SOFA show at the Park Avenue Armory next month will be wowed by architect David Ling's homage to the Big Bang Theory. Ling plans on transforming the exhibition space into a veritable work of art for an event that itself overflows with top-tier contemporary and modern arts and design. Be prepared to be dazzled.
The Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair: SOFA NEW YORK will be celebrating its 15th year, and visitors will get to experience Ling's creativity as soon as they step into the Armory. "I conceived of it as a time machine-like procession," explains the architect/designer. "This procession leads visitors from the stately, Victorian-era foyer of the Armory through a long, narrow tunnel, tantalizing you with the prospect of an unknown but exciting journey." The destination: The Armory's exhibition hall, modernized by Ling's cutting-edge design, which will hover above the exhibition stands of the 50 participating international art galleries.
Of the architect's attention-grabbing design, Donna Davies, the fair's director, says, "We are thrilled with Mr. Ling's bold scheme to integrate up-to-the-minute art within the Armory's historical 19th century architecture, especially since it so expressively spans the range of offerings displayed by the exhibitors-one that is better presented than ever."
Ling also designed an inventive new exhibition for the gallery stands. "Mr. Ling's innovative floor plan demonstrates how the fair is always evolving through fresh thought," says Douglas Heller of New York's Heller Gallery, a participant since its inception in 1993. "To remain relevant in the arts, dealers must constantly reinvent, and SOFA NEW YORK is always right in step with them through the presentation of the exhibitions." Heller Gallery is demonstrating its enthusiasm for this year's edition by expanding its exhibition space. Says Heller: "Our belief is that that this year's 15th anniversary milestone is just as much a celebration of an illustrious past as it is an assured expression of the show's future, and that future is epitomized by this year's design by Mr. Ling."
The Park Avenue Armory is located at Park Avenue at East 67th Street, New York City. Fifty-five international galleries will present studio art and design for sale. Opening Night (Invitation Only): Thursday, April 19, 5-7 p.m. Public Preview (by Ticket Purchase): 7-9 p.m.