124 | "efflorescence" Virgil Abloh
15 January TO
10 April 2020
OPENING 14 January 2020
Pictures from this exhibition
Let’s simply talk about what you are going to see: designed in 2019 by Virgil Abloh for Galerie kreo, the «efflorescence» Collection consists of twenty pieces: round and coffee tables, consoles, seats, vases, and mirrors. Efflorescence: the collection’s name seems paradoxical for what appears at first to be solid blocks of reality to sit, gather, and look at oneself. Beyond the sharp fact that it is always fruitful to deal with paradoxes, this botanical term reflects the production method of the pieces. Like these wildflowers that fit into the interstices and corners of urban space, the holes, formal accidents, and graffiti that cover and personalize— in different ways each time—the concrete surface offers a visual and emotional texture to recharge our immediate environment: a landscape where the rigidity of structures and urban planning meets the randomness of organic growth and human appropriation and mark-making. Bench 2: its length of nearly three meters reminds us of skate ramps; its presence best embodies the designer’s desire to bring urban language into the gallery’s white space. Drilled with irregular holes at regular intervals, covered with graffiti—this ancestral gesture of marking is emblematic of Virgil Abloh’s practice—Bench 2 is a Trojan Horse dedicated to the deconstruction of the generic and conversations on the here and...