Impenetrable, unstoppable, black is power- fantastic
As soon as I saw Rick Owens fashion collections I immediately thought of the work of artist Richard Serra. So today I thought I would share my visual connections between them. There is something menacing in both genres. Is it the use of Serra’s black voids in stark space? Is it his immense steel barriers that trap our sense of scale? Is it Owen’s black solids covering the entire human form? Is it the quantity of black fabric that traps us into a state of claustrophobia? In both cases space, shape, cuts, angles, material, and color are all playing with our perception, our fears and an unease. Kinda scary, right? But the apparent danger is thrilling too. Interacting with Serra’s work an adrenaline rush fills in, a feeling of the unknown. Projecting with Owen’s work we imagine our own ability to embody an over-sized attitude to take the unfamiliar all on.
thresholds to oblivion, we are vessels of nothingness
…unending corridors, dead end spaces (above)
Blocks that provide redemption (Drawing by Serra below)
The body can extend into many shapes, a suit of armor, we ‘do’ offensively…
Torques, contortions and an intentional falling line
Enclosing circuitous space with Serra (Core-ten steel above) and opening a round space of the body with Rick Owen’s women’s collection. (below)
Locked in or out (Serra below)
The allure of geometry interrupting space, corner gives way, its a black descent.
Disappearing, a human goes underground, to renew, and bring back a blank slate …
Perceiving rectangular voids, black vertical openings and structuring space- Richard Serra
Wearing a ‘Serra space’ (below), Owen’s vertical solids
Transformative, loose, strong and flexible…
Love the materials, love the surge of energy, love the dark encounters…