February 18, 2015

Alexis Bittar x NYFW - Getting to Know the Artists.

To celebrate 25 years working with Lucite, I will, for the first time, be presenting my collection during New York Fashion Week.  As part of the celebration, I have commissioned original artwork in Lucite by four prominent contemporary artists to be unveiled at the presentation.  The presentation, which will take place this evening, February 18th, will consist of four vignettes reflecting the breadth and personalities of my four distinct collections: Fine, Lucite, Elements and Miss Havisham. Wanted to give you a little insight into the artists that I worked with so you can see how truly amazing they all really are!

Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas is best known for her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings, embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her work explores the interplay of race, feminity, female beauty, power and identity, punctuated by the impeccable use of patterns, color and textures—continually reinventing modern portraiture. 

Painting on amalgamations of salvaged wood, Gorilla glue, sawdust, Velcro, and scrap metal, Cordy Ryman creates works that inject bright color and imperfection into the Minimalist exploration of material and form. Bringing an element of material chaos to the aesthetic principles of Minimalism, Cordy compiles found objects, studio scraps, and salvaged parts to create work that explores the intersections of form, object and imperfection. 

The intricate work of British artist Juliette Losq focuses on the physical and conceptual connection between the chaos of wilderness and the order of civilization. This notion, defined by the artist as “The Clearing,” drives Losq’s depictions of abandoned places, silent forests and eerie waterways, incorporating a diverse array of aesthetic references. 

Natasha Law is best known for her high-gloss portraits of female models in various states of undress whose panties, heels, breasts, and hair emerge from cut-out shapes verging on abstraction. Ghostly in their execution, the delicately erotic subjects of Law’s work raise questions of femininity, visibility and intimacy.

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