LEVEL 2, GALLERY 15
THE NETHERLANDS, BORN 1985
LIVES AND WORKS IN ROTTERDAM
Sabine Marcelis’ Dawn XXXIII 2015 is one of twelve light works from the designer’s 2015 Dawn light series featuring a large circular wall light cast in red and yellow polyester resin. Embedded within the resin is a white glass neon circle, illuminating the work to evoke the warm orange and red hues of the sun rising at dawn. The designer’s work captures a temporal, spatial, spectacular phenomena that occurs each day. Caused by the scattering and refraction of particles in the earth’s atmosphere, our visual perception of the burning star is informed by the character of the light reflected. Inspiring wonder, surprise and fear in human beings throughout history, the aesthetics of the cosmos as observed in every day and rare experiences is underpinned by humanity’s enduring preoccupation with making sense of light and its dynamic interaction between objects, the environment and radiant energy. Dawn XXXIII belongs to a collection of contemporary art and design works assembled for the NGV Triennial ‘floor of light’.
Sabine Marcelis is a designer working with light, glass and resin, known for her distinctive furniture, object and lighting designs realised in primary forms and luminous colours. Her designs challenge the perception of industrial materials and processes to achieve exquisite aesthetic effects in one-off and limited-edition design works.
Establishing Studio Sabine Marcelis in 2012 in Rotterdam, Marcelis has exhibited nationally and internationally since 2010. Her work has appeared at Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven (2013); Musee des arts Décoratifs, Paris (2015); Design Miami, Florida (2015); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2016); and, Salon del Mobile, Milan (2015-2019). In 2020 Marcelis created a collection of sculptural interventions for the Mies van Der Rohe Barcelona Pavilion.
The NGV warmly thanks Triennial Major Supporters Esther Frenkiel OAM & David Frenkiel for their support.