In a captivating two-volume set, Noguchi and Greece, Greece and Noguchi, Objects of Common Interest (OoCI) invites readers on a journey through the remarkable relationship between Isamu Noguchi, and the enchanting Mediterranean country that held a special place in his heart.
Through the artists's lens, this archival exploration unveils the profound influence of Greek culture on Noguchi's artistic oeuvre, as well as the transformative effect his encounters with diverse cultures, practitioners, and artistic mediums had on his identity.
Within the pages of this publication, previously unseen letters, photographs, sketches, and writings by Noguchi himself offer glimpses into the intimate bond he shared with Greece. These cherished artifacts shed light on the profound impact that this Mediterranean haven had on his creative spirit. Moreover, the inclusion of new texts delves into the collaborative relationships Noguchi fostered with luminaries such as futurist architect Buckminster Fuller and choreographer Martha Graham. Their shared visions and creative synergy not only shaped Noguchi's artistic trajectory but also left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape.
Furthermore, contemporary visual essays provide fresh perspectives on Noguchi's enduring legacy, reimagining his influence within the context of today's design and art practices. Through the lens of photographers and visual artists such as Marco Arguello, Iwan Baan, and Naho Kubota, Noguchi's evolving artistic practice is examined in relation to the modern world, revealing the continued relevance and impact of his visionary work.
Noguchi and Greece, Greece and Noguchi serves as an extension of a comprehensive research and exhibition project initially conceived by OoCI in collaboration with the Noguchi Museum in New York. This publication encapsulates their shared commitment to deepening our understanding of Noguchi's artistic journey and his profound connection to Greece.
Objects of Common Interest, the creative force behind this captivating archival excavation, is helmed by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis. Known for their expertise in crafting still life installations and experiential environments, Petaloti and Trampoukis have a deep-rooted fascination with materiality, concept, and tangible spatial experiences. With a nuanced approach to creativity, their projects effortlessly blend lasting significance with ephemeral beauty, resulting in works that invite multifaceted interpretations.