Wednesday, November 24, 2010

B-Side Spring Projects: Hussein Chalayan

Take this into consideration: Chalayan, a British designer probing into the political satire and emotionally pertinent of his runway collection, streamlined into a higher category of art. It occurs to me that Chalayan is one of those artists that goes unnoticed, flying under the radar of mainstream industry, ignoring the 'rules.' This is the work of true artist. He is brilliant, visually visceral in every way, he certainly deserves more attention.

But to get to the point, for his Spring/Summer '09 collection, he decided to take it up a notch by displaying automobile accidents as a revolving theme. "It's about the speed in our lives and how it can only result in a crash," Chalayan explained, adding that the prints, which included number plates, car handles, and fenders, were "This collection taken from pictures of car graves." Each dress was hand-painted with images of crushed cars. Less than two years later, B-Side at Spring Projects decided to host an exhibition to highlight his explorations with body movements, form, and the anatomy of human body. You can check out more of his work here.

'inertial negative - 1, 2 and 3', 2010
fiberglass MDF, LED lights

'inertia positive - 3', 2010
fibreglass, stainless steel pole
88 x 40 x 52 (form)

'anaesthetics - 2', 2010
red cotton dress, paper
perspex, LED lights, MDF

'anaesthetics - 2', 2010 (detail)

installation view of 'anaesthetics - 1 and 2', 2010

'anaesthetics - 1', 2010
geisha wig, cotteon veil, wig stand, paper, perspex, LED lights, MDF

'anaesthetics - 1', 2010 (detail)

'anaesthetics - 3', 2010
blue cotton & silk chiffon dress, paper, perspex, LED lights, MDF
150 x 100 x 35 cm

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