"Andrea Branzi is passionate about the morphology of urban space; he breaks down the accepted codes and vigorously shakes the foundations of the ever-present conventions... this insatiable troublemaker continues to disrupt the status quo and places humans and nature at the centre of his thinking."

Andrea Branzi, Trees
@ Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris
March 10, 2012

"Trees" represents a continuation of his thinking on architecture. He creates a minimalist space of shelves, veritable pieces of micro-architecture made from aluminium that spread out in neo-plastic bursts like a Mondrian. However, through the splits in the frame, Andrea Branzi introduces trunks and twigs gathered in the wild. his strange encounter.

This strange encounter that began in the eighties with "Animali domestici", questions the duality of the nature-culture relationship.

all photographs courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery

“When birch tree forests are pruned or agricultural cultivations of fruit trees are picked, they are dispersed or burned. I have always been fascinated by these parts of nature, that continue to give off a grand expressive force, more powerful when they are combined with modern, perfect and industrial materials. They become mysterious, always diverse, unique, unrepeatable and somewhat sacred presences. Trees, trunks and branches are part of our ancient culture but also of actual culture, because in the age of globalization, design searches to trace recognizable ‘anthropologoical’ platforms.

The collection, ‘Trees’ consists to place simple, everyday objects, books, and images next to the strange presence of branches and trunks, like in the reality of the world.”

- Andrea Branzi

all text and photographs courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery