After working with LaViola Bank Gallery on the afterparty for artist Eske Kath, I was so excited when Allegra suggested that we do it again, this time to celebrate the opening of Helle Mardahl's solo show, The Largest Possible Audience. It's always fun to work with Allegra (we've been friends since we were five), and when I saw Helle's work I was immediately floored. Personally, what I find so compelling is Helle's background as a fashion designer. Helle originally studied at Central Saint Martins, helped Henrik Vibskov launch his clothing line, and even had an incredible collection of her own, which she showed for several seasons. As I've stated before, I'm usually dubious of the connection between fashion at art, as I feel that it often lends art its trendiness, and its inherently fast-moving nature, that seems to detract from the possibility of making work that is meaningful and timeless. However, this isn't always the case, and in Helle's work, fashion is focused on for it's incredibly immediate mode of self-expression. On her website, her biography states "She is inspired by her background in fashion and sees fashion as a lifestyle and a reflection on society’s need. She is also highly fascinated by the human individual, our staging of the self and our superficial culture."
The Bouquet, 2008
The Shield, 2008
Helle with her installation of Clowns by Helle Mardahl at IDEAL in Berlin.
An outfit Helle designed for the UNIK exhibition in 2004.
Another piece from the UNIK show.