Vilebrequin x JRP Editions | Artspace
Kick-off this summer with New Limited Edition Swimwear by Kenny Scharf and John M Armleder available now for a limited time on Artspace
John M Armleder
Curated by JRP|Editions for Vilebrequin, John M Armleder is a Swiss performance artist, painter, and sculptor who has spent four decades developing his own creative vocabulary by mixing mediums, techniques, and movements—“a supermarket of forms,” as he calls it. Teaming an extraordinary visual culture with delegation principles and chance procedures, he exploits the tension between mastery and randomness. His body of work stretches from abstraction to appropriation, and installation to multiples.
FOR THE WANDERING CANVAS
John M Armleder has chosen to present two different projects for Vilebrequin: “GRA” and “NOLA.” The first, which will be issued as a men’s swim trunk and bowling shirt, is inspired by Armleder’s renowned “Pour Paintings” series, canvases coated in various materials that appear to have been assembled by chance while retaining a striking formal appeal verging on abstraction. The second swim trunk is an appropriation of a “found image,” reorganized as a pattern and rendered haptic through our ateliers’ flocking expertise.
Migrating Forms with John Armelder FOR THE WANDERING CANVAS
Curated by JRP|Editions for Vilebrequin, LA-born artist Kenny Scharf -no stranger to beach culture- came up on the New York art scene in the 1980s. Steeped in imagery from 1950s American pop culture, his scenes and characters depict a cartoon-like utopia imbued with vibrant, optimistic colors.
FOR THE COSMIC TRAVELER
Swimsuits, beachwear, accessories, and games now reside in Kenny Scharf’s colorful cosmos thanks to two limited-edition prints for Vilebrequin: “Faces in Places” and “Tortues Multico Rainbow”. His Pop-Surrealist universe boldly overlaps with the House’s signature joyful DNA. Applying his figures to textile with the same ease he would a wall or canvas, Scharf invites the wearer to consider their “face value,” unimpeded by elitism or inhibitions.
Kenny Scharf’s designs are licensed by Artestar, New York.