I went to MoMA PS1 over the weekend, mainly to check out the new CONFETTISYSTEM installation 100 Arrangements. Creative duo Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho transform simple materials such as tissue paper, cardboard, and silk into interactive objects that create a point of focus, where memories are made and a spontaneous collaboration with the viewer is sparked. For 100 Arrangements, Anderson and Ho have created an immersive environment inspired by the mechanics of theatrical staging and fly systems.
I first came across CONFETTISYSTEM in 2009 when I read about their amazing metallic piñatas on DailyCandy and instantly became a fan. I had the pleasure of working with Nick and Julie last month to create decorations for my confetti-fueled New York book launch party at 3rd Ward – multicolor tassel garlands, handcut confetti in trapezoidal shapes, and metallic mylar fringe piñatas (filled with confetti, of course!). Let’s just say even the cleanup portion of the evening post-party was fun, too.
This artist-design firm has built up quite a diverse clientele. CONFETTISYSTEM has art directed and created installations and sets for fashion brands (Lanvin, Opening Ceremony, United Bamboo) as well as musical acts (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beyoncé). They have also created custom design work for MoMA PS1, The New York Times, and Pop Magazine with Gagosian Gallery. Sounds like these two have the funnest jobs ever!
CONFETTISYSTEM: 100 Arrangements is on view until March 31, 2013 at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101.