Envoque

Envoque

The exhibition brings all artists of the VOQUE publication together. Already the magazine assembles fashion, interior design, architecture, status symbols, jewelry, body painting, along with art history and pop culture – facets which are seized upon, re-staged and conveyed into a new context. Textiles, both organic and imaginary, are able to merge into each other. Masks, costumes, dresses, fashionable and accessories transform, carry messages, offer deceptions, become features of identity. The artists play with their functionality by skewing, dissolving, or by expansion. A red dress with a polka-dot skirt and red knit vest with a white collar become features of identity in an Lynn Hershman Leeson performance, in which she slips into the role of another imagined identity, transforming into Roberta Breitmore and documenting her fictional life. Another dress becomes a typeface, a vessel containing messages of catastrophic situations which Katharina Jahnke has extracted from a first aid book and embroidered into an endless loop. Summoning up dangers without offering help, the original nurse’s habit inverts into its opposite. Thus a multilayered game develops, woven throughout all other works of the group exhibition, overlapping, fanning out and mirroring, reversing, bringing to light or leading ad absurdem. As visitors we move between these levels, led through the spaces of the real, the imaginary and the unconscious, looking ahead, behind or back, and slipping through them, we can sneak by. The masks of Vincent Tavenne show such objects, as dummies of a seemingly real world, hanging like props in the cloakroom behind the stage. They seem to be waiting for someone to embrace them – as if a psychologist, hypnotist, shaman, actor, or even us, could begin operating them at anytime in order to take the stage ourselves.

Envoque

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