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Rick Owens: Furniture at MOCA

Art, Design, Fashion | January 24, 2017 |

Rick Owens: Furniture_001Image courtesy of MOCA

Rick Owens: Furniture
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
From 17 December 2016 to 2 April 2017

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, presents Rick Owens: Furniture, an exhibition of work by renowned Paris-based fashion and furniture designer Rick Owens. The exhibition includes recent furniture, a new group of large-scale sculptures and installations, and a video by Owens, alongside a selection of works by the late artist and musician Steven Parrino. Best known for the iconic, eponymous clothing label he started in Los Angeles in 1994, Owens has consistently drawn inspiration for his fashion collections and sculptural furniture from a vast array of art historical sources that span modernist design, brutalist architecture, monochrome painting, minimal art, and avant-garde dance.

 

Rick Owens: Furniture_002Image courtesy of MOCA

 

His radical and spectacular runway shows function as a form of performance art and often call into question preconceived and culturally constructed notions of beauty promoted by the very fashion industry in which he works. Since 2007 Owens has applied a punk and anarchist sensibility to furniture design as well, creating brutal and elegant forms out of marble, alabaster, bronze, ox bone, leather, and plywood. In addition to showcasing works in Owens’s signature materials, this exhibition marks the artist’s foray into foam, rock crystal, and concrete. This exhibition was organized in close collaboration with Michèle Lamy, Owens’s longtime partner and the primary creative force and producer of Owens’s furniture line.

 

Rick Owens: Furniture_003Image courtesy of MOCA

 

Rick Owens: Furniture extends Owens’s interest in placing his works in dialogue with those of fellow artists, following on a 2015 presentation of Owens’s furniture alongside work by the late Italian artist Carol Rama at the Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Inspired by the productive juxtapositions that emerged in Paris, this exhibition will show Owens’s work with a selection of paintings by Parrino, whose work has been influential to Owens, and provides the opportunity to tease out formal and conceptual parallels in the two artists’ works.

 

Rick Owens: Furniture_004Image courtesy of MOCA

 

For example, processes of detaching, deforming, twisting, and distorting are central in both Parrino’s “misshaped canvases” and Owens’s iconic, minimalist clothing. So too does each artist find inspiration in both “high” and “low” forms of American culture, invoking the monochromatic canvases of Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, and Frank Stella, and the rise of bike culture and Harley-Davidson, film noir, and cult horror movies in equal measure. Extending from a subversive, anarchist sensibility, Owens and Parrino place the mediums in which they work—and their respective histories—under examination.

 

more. moca.org

 

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