During the inaugural Frieze Los Angeles, 1stdibs and THE NEW presented a multisensory exhibition produced by Italian multimedia artist Mattia Biagi. The installation features his original art alongside furniture, lighting, and objects that evoke the desire to comb the past and present. Mattia Biagi's Metropolitan Sets premiered at The Badd House, a new exhibition space located in the legendary Spago restaurant in West Hollywood, before moving on to THE NEW.
Metropolitan Sets brings together Biagi's new sculptural collage with several pieces from THE NEW and Twentieth's collections, including works by Videre Licet, Christopher Boots, Larose Guyon, Matt Gagnon, Pelle, and Fernando Mastrangelo. The series expresses the personal investigation of the artist straddling life and death, nature and civilization, preservation and transformation. The images used to build the bodies of the pieces are references emerging from a lifetime of photographic clippings accumulated in the midst of magazines, pornography, art history, and personal photos.
After having been directly printed on wood with a multilayered ink process, the images are cutout and assembled onto a classic furniture form. This anthology of memories, visions and experiences allows Biagi to draw directly from his subconscious to create a three-dimensional statuary collage.