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Art & Design: Make It Hard by Helmut Lang

In Helmut Lang’s second solo exhibition, which appears to comment on the iconic designer-turned-artist’s career transition in 2005, Make It Hard showcases 20 years of the label’s garments repurposed into beautiful sculptural artworks.

Over 6,000 garments make up the 16 ceiling high columns, which amalgamate natural and synthetic fibers with plastics, metals, leathers, fur, feathers and even hair, and are currently on show at The Fireplace Project in East Hampton.

The Austrian designer, synonymous with 90s minimalism, famously donated thousands of design pieces to museums worldwide following his departure from fashion in 2005 to live in Long Island and make art…

…but it was a recent fire in his New York Studio, almost destroying the rest of the archive, that prompted the Lang to make this autobiographical instillation, also highlighting the ‘transience of our creative endeavors’.

“I slowly became intrigued by the idea of destroying it myself and using it as raw material for my art. It was a cathartic experience, which led to an interesting and positive energy,” comments Lang.

Curated by writer Neville Wakefield, the instillation will be on show until August 8th
at The Fireplace Project in East Hampton, New York. – Samantha Fox

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