ART IS NOT A CRIME
“To anticipate the future of cultural evolution, think about populations, not individuals, and certainly not yourself. “
In a visual complex world, it is important to emphasize the interconnectedness between the public space and the freedom one feels when engaging in the creative process in that environment. It is an individualistic activity without rules that ultimately creates a collective experience.
The powerful statement Art is not a crime was the name of a Henry Chalfant retrospective which evolves around 70’s and 80’s graffiti culture.
This collection consists of 12 silhouettes that are heavily influenced by the aesthetics and cultural references of streetwear. The original black and white prints originating from Ghana have been reworked with the help of a scanner and editing software creating modern patterns that have been both digitally printed and screen printed on stretch-jersey leggings, shirts, and dresses. Layering these classic sportswear pieces together with statements shirts and technical outerwear creates hybrids shapes that appropriate the sentiment of power one feels when creating art in the public space that is seen as forbidden.
This collection is a contemplation on the human desire to detect patterns and seek connections and meaningfulness in them. Our sensory processes recognize visual symbols and the way we interpret them is heavily influenced by our history and cultural familiarity with these symbols. Everything is a reflection of something else.
The collection consists of 6 silhouettes that show a trompe l’oeil play with sharp tailoring and geometry. The colorful textiles are digitally printed with abstract patterns that are generated using custom software. Using symbols as input and taking them out of their cultural context to explore the tension between originality and identity to defamiliarize the viewer while challenging him to seek new meaning in the abstract patterns.
Pattern recognition seeks to create an experimental future that shows that the creative process no longer rests with the individual. Adding up the application of geometric shapes, familiar forms, and tonal repetitions the designer creates dresses that show how we are shaped by our environment just as much as that we shape our environment.