On September 3, 2016, Molds (Gelati Misti)—Mixed Ice Creams, a solo exhibition of and present work by the seminal Italian, New York-based multi-disciplinary artist, designer, and architect Gaetano Pesce, opened at MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California.
In addition to displaying some of Pesce’s most famous works, as well as unveiling some new ones, the exhibition displayed the molds that gave shape to these pieces, highlighting Pesce’s unique fabrication process, one that is considered as important to his body of work as the objects themselves.
Pesce is known for his use of viscous materials, notably resin, silicone, and polyurethane, which congeal in molds to form pieces of sculpture and furniture. His choice of materials reflects his philosophy on life, and the importance of one’s ability to adapt in an ever-changing society. “Fluid, flexible, elastic—design should mirror how people need to behave in our time,” he explained.
Wanting to dispense with traditional methods of production, which came with inherent creative limitations, Pesce introduced the element of chance to the fabrication process, giving freedom to the materials and embracing imperfections. By mixing colors and varying quantities within the constraints of the molds, he was able to create unique objects in large quantities, overcoming the tedium of mass production, and bridging the gap between art and design.