BLIND ADAM, MICHÈLE CHATENET, ADRIAN HERMANIDES,
SARA MATHIASSON and SOFIA RESTORP, ANTON STOIANOV.
Reworking and eventually breaking through dualism appears to be the key to “new materialism”. In this exhibition, six artists dissolve the division between matter and discourse, applying human narrative to defunctionalised objects and techniques, while avoiding the binary opposition of function / non-function. In each work the motif of clothing is present but rendered both useless and sometimes even unidentifiable.
This exhibition proposes a productive exploration of the incestuous relationship between two disciplines that is not the instrumentalisation of Art by a mighty industry but the acknowledgment of fashion as a proactive sociological revelator, even when unwearable.
Adrian Hermanides’ scaffold displays clothing item dipped in mud, the mangled and solidified fabric taking visceral abstract forms, utilitarian design is here a shadow of itself.
Michèle Chatenet precise technical pattern made of delicate Japanese paper and ink implies a perfectly unsuitable frock.
Thanos Kyriakides aka Blind Adam created traces of vestments made with sparse wool threads, capturing the essential, if not sketched ideas of Antique draped attires.
Anton Stoianov’ biking leather suit embodies a heroic figure in all its sartorial and pictorial splendor.
Sara Mathiasson’s hair sculptures are personified by Sofia Restorp’s face and limbs cast in glazed clay. African coiffure technique and archaic molding are overturned in order to create a fictional ethnological accoutrement.