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The Form of Function 

Wednesday, Feb 8 2012
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Raised in an artistic family, Christophe Come began making jewelry and bronze sculpture under the prestigious tutelage of French sculptor Louise Derbre. The young artist’s interest in the ornamental, however, quickly gave way to a fascination with the fundamental. He was particularly interested in furniture and household objects -- how a common thing could be elevated into an objet d’art, and how that might be exalted by its reflection of the greater world. Examples of his work are displayed in “Alchemies.” Drawn by the mutability of glass and iron, Come’s signature pieces have come to incorporate rust as well as light, invoking elegance and industry through emptiness and heft. A single lamp might weigh as much as 100 pounds, while a cabinet or a queen-size bed frame seems as fragile as seaglass. Come’s architectural clarity and masculine lines have stirred comparisons to Pierre Chareau, but the spirit is more in keeping with Frank Lloyd Wright. Airflow, light, and naturally occurring geometry anchor these pieces without any risk of eco-flaccidity. When Come uses color it is bold -- reds flow like lava, blues shine like agate; when he uses luminosity and reflection, it displays exquisite permeability.
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