Arik Levy (1963), an Israeli artist living and working in Paris, produces concurrently art and design. At present, he ranks in both domains among the most distinctive personalities. As for design, he put his name to a great many pieces of innovative furniture and interior accessories (for such companies as Baccarat, Vitra, Ligne Roset). In 2009 the firm Swarovski dedicated to him a solo exhibition in Milan. He commands attention with his objects at the prestigious forum Design Miami, with the focus on ‘art design’, which are greatly valued objects sought after by collectors (unique pieces or small limited editions), which straddle the borderline between art and design. Of particular interest are Levy’s series Rocks and Craters. These monumental crystalline objects made from polished stainless steel or marble, mirror stones or wooden polygonal or even wire structures, convey the impression of mysterious meteorites. They represent timeless statues installed in an interior, on a terrace or in a garden, not without the magic power of antique obelisks or ancient menhirs. The present is linked in them to the past and the future. The sculptor’s new objects include organic forms of captivating colours blown by Czech glass workers and employing the traditional technique of silver-plating.
Levy’s objects are featured in a number of private collections and prestigious museums (e.g. Centre Pompidou in Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Museum of Modern Art in New York). In 2014 the artist had the rare honour of having a solo exhibition and a special commission from the famous Atomium in Brussels which was built as the symbol of EXPO ‘58. Levy designed for this iconic construction an imposing large-scale statue from the series RockGrowth, whose reddish crystalline material will be mirrored in all its parts.
The first Arik Levy's exhibition in Prague – Intuitive Reactions was held in praguekabinet from 14. 5. – 15. 7. 2015.