Cardillo

Colour as a Narrative

Illuminum Perfume Gallery

LONDON, UK — 27 April 2015


Behind a portal on a Georgian street in London, lives a small grey grotto. Its rugged walls, imprinted with gestures of the mason’s trowel reveal the eroticism which was conveyed in the act of construction by the ancients.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

The pozzolanic ash echoes the volcanic topography from where it was quarried. As ‘chambers of light’ the three tall openings facing the street orchestrate the light and shadow.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Onto a rough wall:
the backdrop for a sweeping semi-circle of thirty-seven irregular glass forms each suspended by a black thread.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Enclosed are colours.
Invisible colours revealed only by the nose.


Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015, demolished in 2017. Photography: Antonino Cardillo

Antonino Cardillo, Colour as a Narrative, Illuminum Fragrance, London, 2015. Photography: Antonino Cardillo



Data

Time: May 2014–Apr. 2015; demolished in 2017
Place: Illuminum Fragrance, 41 Dover St, Mayfair, London, UK
Area: 27 m² (1 storey)
Typology: shop




Credits

Client: Illuminum Fragrance (via Suzanne Trocmé)
Architecture design and construction management: Antonino Cardillo
Glass design: Asakala Geraghty
Photography: Antonino Cardillo
Text: Antonino Cardillo
English translation: Antonino Cardillo, Morgan Ferrar, Asakala Geraghty

Construction company: Italian Art Design Ltd.
Masonry: Adrian Paiunui Mihai, Fabio Di Monte, Gianmarco Di Monte
Carpet: Natural Elements Flooring
Glass production: Elliot Walker

Thanks to Paolo Bedetti, Anna Marra, Paula O’Brien




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