Out of The Cage

Gala Fernandez

OUT OF THE CAGE, presented by Marion Friedmann Gallery is an experimental glass-blowing project, lead by Gala Fernandez and realized with the skilled glass-blowers of the acclaimed glass manufacturer NOUVEL Studio in México City.

The objects are a result of the interaction of the hot fluid glass with the moulds: the final pieces carrying the marks and history of both their former existences. The project questions the status of confinement versus refuge. A cage can be conceived as imprisonment or a shelter for comfort. The glass works subtly capture this essence of limitation, protection and custody in a very imaginative fashion.

The liquid glass is blown into various shaped and sized birdcages serving as the moulds for this process. Once the housings for colorful birds, the cages have transcended into objects and containers, where new life has been blown into them. Now they hold the colorful glass, reminiscent of the birds themselves.

Gala Fernández is a Spanish designer now living and working in México City. She has substantial international design experience, having lived in Italy, France, UK, Portugal and Spain and working with Jaime Hayón at Fabrica Benetton, as consultant with El Ultimo Grito, among many others while pursuing her own investigative design work. Gala is also partner and consultant at Abierto Méxicano de Diseño, the México City Design Festival, founded in 2013.

Intimacy and fragility framed by iron bars