‘Denim Cardin’

Private view: Thursday 2 September 2010, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 3 September – 7 October 2010

Maria Stenfors is proud to present Yasmin Mueller’s first solo exhibition in London – ‘Denim Cardin’. Yasmin Mueller was born in 1977, lives and works in Berlin and was educated in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Yasmin Mueller’s work brings forward a gentle questioning of the chaotic mix that is cultural identity. In particular, Mueller deals with a landscape where the sub-culture becomes the culture – as well as the occasionally blurred borders of art and design – where Mueller asks if our reality is only an adaptation or interpretation of what we know from the past. Time warps in history created by the searching for the new.

The title of the exhibition ‘Denim Cardin’ refers to Denim as in jeans and an everyday and every person wear, and Pierre Cardin who is famed for his futuristic and geometric designs. Apart from fashion Cardin was also a sculptor and designer of lamps and furniture. His practice was often known for being unfunctional or unpractical with the visual and conceptual being superior to the functionality of the design.

Geometric patterns and vivid colours are a strong part of this exhibition. ‘Denim Cardin’ contains objects, paintings and collages that aim to provoke associations and memories for the viewer.

One of the works in the show will be three Plexiglass cubes 40x40x40 cm that on the inside will display scarves from a Turkish market in Kreutzberg (Berlin), where they are purchased mainly to cover the hair for cultural reasons. The scarves have designs where the iconic pattern of Hermes, Gucci and Dior etc have been sampled and edited together forming a new pattern and thereby creating a new design that is still recognizable from the old. In the 3D Plexiglass cubes they are shown like they were a display in a fashion store or a piece of design furniture.

For this exhibition Yasmin Mueller has also included a series of collages that are the personal narrative where a detail of shape, colour or atmosphere has been sampled and re-modified to later create a larger work. This collection of images, framed with hand-cut passe-partouts acts as a visual archive to the exhibition. With these works the viewer himself can find the visual and memory connections between the works as well as seeing the artists path.

From the 18th September to 31st October Yasmin Mueller will also participate in the exhibition ’Der unaufhaltsame Aufstieg von Draufgängern und Flaschen’ in Städtische Galerie in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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