The boundaries between designer, artist and curator are increasingly dissolving. Under the title Making & Unmaking, fashion designer Duro Olowu has curated a bold composition of works by over 70 artists and designers.
Olowu is known for his innovative approach to pattern, form and colour. Not surprisingly, the exhibition opens a kaleidoscopic world of inspirations, expressions and cultural influences. Making & Unmaking is an exploration of what Olowu calls the ‘personal ritual of the artist’, intellectual and haptic processes where the hand and senses form bridges between thought, imagination and materiality.
‘The more I looked at a work that I was considering for the show – not necessarily textile based or straightforward painting – the more the intricacy and the beauty of an artist discovering and realising what they are capable of on an intuitive level, came through. [...] There is an immediacy in many of these examples in which the hand of the artist is felt.’ – Duro Olowu
Filling all Camden Arts Centre’s galleries this summer, Making & Unmaking is an eclectic mix of installation, ceramics, jewellery, photography and painting. However, Olowu’s passion for textiles, the human body and identity are omnipresent, and the many textile works bring light to the medium’s fluid role as art form, clothing and functional material.
Although the exhibition features an ample number of artists and designers, it never feels dense. Like fabric patches carefully sewn together, the assembled works form an abstract dialogue. Under the colourful surface lie implicit but powerful political messages, never forced but open for interpretation. Olowu’s intuition and aesthetic awareness are as strong when he takes on the role of curator as of fashion designer.
The exhibition continues until 18th September.
Images: Installation view of Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu at Camden Arts Centre, 2016. Courtesy of Camden Arts Centre. Photo: Mark Blower.