Plaster, wooden, acrylic paint. Lacquer on fibreglass. Oil pastel on a repurposed projector display. Silicone and pure dyed hair. Supplies that come to thoughts if you consider his clothes. Martin Margiela, the style designer who retired greater than a decade in the past, cited frustrations with the rising calls for of the trade as the rationale for his retreat. Identified for the unconventional use of supplies, taking objects out of context, deconstructing and reconstructing them into outfits. Margiela always questioned the boundaries, worth and that means of trend.

The ex-designer who’ve regularly withdrawn from the general public eye as his profession progressed, lastly “disappeared” in 2008. Properly, not less than that’s what we thought. As lately, he “reappeared” as an artist together with his first solo present at Lafayette Anticipations (till 2 January 2022).

Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations

Martin Margiela, DÉODORANT, 2021, Micro-perforated vinyl. Courtesy of the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations. 

Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations

Martin Margiela, FILM DUST, 2017-2021, Oil on microbead-coated canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations.

Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations

Martin Margiela, INTERIOR, 2021, Oil pastel on velvet-laminated canvas, picket field and polyurethane foam. Courtesy of the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations.

Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations

Martin Margiela, BUS STOP, 2020, Steel, soiled Plexiglas, and artificial fur. Courtesy of the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations.

Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations

Martin Margiela, MOULD(S), 2020, Plaster, wooden, and acrylic paint. Courtesy of the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations.

Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations

Martin Margiela, RED NAILS, 2019, Lacquer on fibreglass. Courtesy of the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations.

Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations

Martin Margiela, MONUMENT, 2021, PVC tarpaulin print, classic couch, and audio loop. Courtesy of the artist. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations.

Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations

Martin Margiela, VANITAS, 2019, Silicone and pure dyed hair. Courtesy of the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations. 

Martin’s artwork, featured within the exhibition, just isn’t thrilling as a result of it’s revolutionary (as his trend as soon as was). It’s thrilling as a result of it considerably signifies Margiela’s existence. Lastly, after 10 years of silence, he “made a contact” with an viewers via his, conceptual but tremendously tactile, Artwork. 

The weather that make up the showcase: drawings, portray, sculptures, movies and installations are supposed to be seen as one bigger paintings. The person components draw on themes which might be according to Margiela’s earlier (trend) outputs. Transience and transformation, presence versus absence. Bricolage, Dadaism, Arte Povera. 

The Martin Margiela, exhibition-turned-labyrinth, consists of greater than 20 works by the ex-designer. The present in the end leaves questioning: was Margiela an Artist all alongside, and trend merely considered one of his artistic mediums? 

Photograph Credit score: Pierre Antoine

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