What is a piece of clothing that “works”? Who is working whom? Is the one who poses the one who actually “works” hardest? The S/S 2017 collection of Berlin-based, Swedish- Vietnamese designer NHU DUONG entitled ‘WORK COLLECTION’ plays with the ideas of professionalism, leisure and appropriateness through a range of garments that are inspired by work outfits and hobby uniforms. Overalls, raw denim outfits, kung-fu pyjamas, biker pants, baggy tights and gloves, bomber-jackets, bomber suits,… [read more »]
In 1999 Nicolas Fernández began to include the new digital media in his output; the web sites You_Left (1999) and Father_Nature (2000) oﬀer viewers a walk of endless possibilities through mazelike sound spaces that are scattered with texts. Father_Nature brings together, amongst a range of images, photos from different internet porn sites and paramilitary hunting clubs. They show nude female bodies posed in natural settings. The artist’s gesture alters the very texture of the images; the appearance of humans and nature is broken up, split apart. It is the mutations of these representations, more than their pornographic nature, that catch the eye, auguring a twilight world.
In 2004 Fernández resolutely embraced painting, which had been latent in his work for years. Often referring to myths, these ﬁgurative pictures typically feature a juxtaposition of heavily worked zones with other areas that remain only sketched out, conferring a diﬀerent existential status on the represented elements. Inspired by a photo in a magazine, Jocaste (2008) questions the relationship between humans; whereas the joined hands weld the three ﬁgures together, the look in their eyes thrusts each down into its own sphere. These beings, seemingly withdrawn into their own world, point to another that lies beyond representation.