Jorge Pardo

Jorge Pardo | USA | "Untitled 2000" | 2000 | 70 cm x 21 cm x 21 cm | 28 pieces: 23 pvc lampshades with 32 fins each; 5 plywood prototypes

“I am interested in understanding how things are used, more in terms of their consumption than their functionality,” says the artist Jorge Pardo, who was born in Havana in 1963. Now living in Los Angeles, he lifts the boundaries between design, architecture and art, and questions what lies behind the concept of art, modifying everyday objects and transforming them into works of art. For the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, Pardo has created a light installation consisting of 28 lamps made of computer-milled wooden lamellae or PVC. From 2001 to 2003, the lamps were distributed over the entire company building, thus creating a network out of the different sections such as the executive floor, the production area and the Montblanc Academy Gallery. With the open asymmetric form, standard brightness levels and positioning of the lamps, the relationship between the company’s premises and the people using them was redefined. In 2003 Montblanc gave the light installation “Untitled 2000” on long-term loan to the collection in the Gallery of Contemporary Art in the Hamburg Kunsthalle.