Off-center, in glassblowing vocabulary, refers to a shape that is displaced from its axis and is considered a fault that needs an immediate solution.
OFFCENTRE is a New York based design company co-founded by Edison Zapata and Romina Gonzales that applies deconstructive methodologies to produce a line of lighting and functional glasswares. Gonzales and Zapata co-design and create by exploiting and circumventing traditional glassmaking processes. Their instinctive and raw methods produce a playful and innovative flavour questioning current contemporary trends.
Romina Gonzales is a classically trained artist born in Lima, Peru and a graduate of New York University. She investigates, deconstructs, and negates established social and artistic conventions to reconsider and reassemble aesthetic precedents. As a mixed media artist, she utilizes painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, installation, performance, and glass to create installations that often invite the viewer to interact and physically alter her work. Her work has been exhibited widely and featured in The New York Post, The Examiner, CBS New York, NY Daily News, Brooklyn Downtown Star, GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, New Glass Review (The Corning Museum of Glass), among others. She was most recently highlighted as a featured artist in the Design Dictionary video series for Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. She currently lives, works, and teaches in New York City.
Edison Zapata creates engaging mixed media and installations to “capture the imprecise transfer of information between people from different walks of life.” Born in Venezuela, he has lived extensively in Australia, Japan, and the USA. He earned a BFA from Canberra School of Art in Australia and an MFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo. His work revolves around the topic of failed communication; this concept developed from his varied experiences as an outsider assimilating to cultural norms of where he has relocated. His work has been featured in publications such as GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, The Japan Times, New Glass Review (The Corning Museum of Glass), Craft Arts International, Asian Art News (Japan), and The Examiner. He has exhibited internationally and domestically for the past decade in such places as The Saatchi Gallery (London), The Sydney Opera House, and The Museum of Art and Design (NYC). Zapata’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of American Glass, The Australian National University, and, most recently, The Ebeltoft Glass Museum in Denmark. In 2008, he was awarded a distinguished fellowship through Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at New York University.
Photography by Rainer Hosch, Raul Espinoza and Ed Kiley.