More Material at Salon 94
Walking down the wide steps of Salon 94 into the double height exhibition space, you are transported into a kaleidoscopic candy store. A set of ornate capes hangs on the gallery’s back wall, creating a tapestry of colors and textures. These capes, designed and handcrafted by Duro Olowu, the London-based clothing designer who curated the show, are a refreshing first glance into this summer exhibition, More Material.
One of a kind pieces of furniture sit lined up against a wallpapered partition crowded with fashion photographs, screen prints and black and white drawings. Italian ceramic vases are displayed atop Spartan Rick Owens tables and African jewelry lies on a blue and white Plexiglas table. Walking through the space, you get the sense that you are flipping through someone else’s diary. Clothing, tribal masks, photographs and decorative pieces come together to produce a luxurious feast for the eyes. Both the show and the pop-up shop on the ground floor leave behind any need for conformity and rationality and offer instead an extravagant dive into Olowu’s personal stash of memories and inspirations.
The female form is dominant throughout. Zoomed in glossy lips and coiffed hair showcase what the artist likes to think of as female rebellion presented in an elegant, sophisticated manner. More Material is an insight into the womanly themes and images that stimulate Olowu’s work. The artist invites us to walk through his personal scrapbook and it would be impossible for anyone not to find inspiration here. A mixture of materials and textures, colors and patterns makes the exhibition a dream world of endless ideas and desires that you shouldn’t miss this summer.
Check out More Material at Salon 94 before August 1st!
APF Intern Clara