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May 16, 10:00 am - June 14, 6:00 pm

During NYCxDESIGN week, MATERIA will present its inaugural exhibition in the MATERI(A)RT series, an initiative that utilizes the company’s SoHo, New York gallery to showcase and potentiate the work of an evolving roster of as yet unrepresented artists and craftspeople.

TRACES, by mixed media artist Malkia Williams, explores the intersection between an elemental and varied materials palette and the human body’s many structures.

Williams, (b.2001) is an emerging Chicago-based artist who primarily focuses on sculpture as a medium, utilizing materials such as metal, wood and wool to render her detailed and imaginative somatic forms. Metalsmithing and casting both play large roles in her practice; iron and aluminum pours render molded, larger-scale forms, while silver and brass wire and sheets are utilized to create intricate, smaller scale sculptures. Drawing direct inspiration from the structures of human anatomy and its abstracted nature, Williams isolates specific parts of the body to examine and reimagine.

What is on view:

TRACES is comprised of over 20 sculptures, ranging dramatically in scale. Rendered in cast ceramic, sewn and formed leather, needle felted wool, brass, sterling and pewter, the sculptures include interactive pieces, meant to be worn on the body, as well as a vessel and larger scale bust of the artist.

The MATERIA gallery will also be showcasing the newly launched PLATEAU lighting collection, encompassing two table lamps and six floor lamps, at once inspired by antique marine implements and the layered sedimentary landscape of the New England coastline.

Representing a visual departure from their catalogue of lithe lighting forms, PLATEAU is comprised of a strata of entirely custom brass, linen, parchment and paper components. Playing deftly with the proportions of grounded, striated brass columns and visually weightless occasional trays, PLATEAU is designed to enhance both intimate and monumental spaces.

With surfaces poised to harbor a cocktail or an afternoon read, the PLATEAU collection’s hand made shades cast a luminous aureate glow on their surroundings, highlighting both their function and their presence as sculptural objects.


May 16, 10:00 am
June 14, 6:00 pm
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Manhattan - SoHo
Business Name
Art x Design


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