Pelican Avenue: hanging garden [Spring Summer 2010]

Carolin Lerch ist für ihren interdisziplinären Ansatz bekannt. Ihr Label Pelican Avenue steht nicht nur für eine sehr eigenständige Mode mit aufwendigen Digitaldrucken, sondern auch für ihre Videoarbeiten. Ihre Kollektion für Frühjahr Sommer 2010 heißt hanging garden und wurde in Paris und Tokyo als Performance gezeigt in

an interwoven textile architecture detached/free from esthetic expectations, commercial reasoning and categorical thinking. A textile architecture is generating an architecture of sounds.

Mehr Looks sowie die Videodokumentation der hanging garden Partys von und mit Alex Murray-Leslie (Chicks on Speed), Kroot Juurak und Pelican Avenue sind auf der neuen Website zu sehen. Wer die speziellen Drucke liebt, kann jetzt auch online bestellen, vorerst eine kleine Home-Kollektion und T-Shirts.

Fotos: Jef Jacobs (Looks), Philippa Barr (Performance)

London Tipp: Chicks on Speed, Madelon Vriesendorp, Pelican Avenue


Wer zwischen 4. September und 11. Oktober in London ist, sollte sich die Ausstellung Skyscraper mit Chicks on Speed, Madelon Vriesendorp und Pelican Avenue nicht entgehen lassen:

The group show Skyscraper takes its name from a novel written in the same year that the Empire State Building opened its doors. The novel is a romance tinged with feminist ambition and an homage to aspirational architecture – motifs that the artists here display a common regard for. Chicks on Speed, Madelon Vriesendorp and Pelican Avenue all share a fantastical approach to design that leads beyond utility towards the articulation of desire and absurdity. Far from the earnest pronouncements of 1970s feminism, Skyscraper is a joyous declaration of independence from conservatism, logic and category distinction.

Chicks on Speed present two new hats, made in collaboration with designer Christophe Coppens and based on illuminated drawings of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century Christian mystic who received visions, composed ethereal airs, performed healing and even founded convents. These hats transmit the utterances of their wearers by way of microphones and speakers: the contemporary beatified woman can amass her own power tools, it seems.

Madelon Vriesendorp has a foot in both the art and architectural camps, which she bridges with her series of paintings of anthropomorphised buildings lying spent in bed. Vriesendorp’s installations, comprising cardboard constructions and found objects, seem to fuse the rarefied metaphysical potential of Giorgio de Chirico with the unlimited facture of the popular imagination. She has collected postcards and objects over the years that have now amassed into a kind of ‘super-painting’ or ‘Archival Tablescape’, as architect Charles Jenks describes these vistas. It presents a new world in miniature, ordered by way of very personal classification criteria.

Pelican Avenue was founded by Antwerp-based fashion designer Carolin Lerch. Her clothing, while distinctly wearable, evokes an anachronistic sense of decadence where time, craft and plenitude signal a stand against streamlining. For ‘Skyscraper’ Lerch has made a wall hanging from printed fabric that, while suggesting computer-generated imagery, seems to describe a plan for the fantastical realm of an enchanted forest or a lost city.

Text: Aussendung Kate MacGarry

Skyscraper: Chicks on Speed, Madelon Vriesendorp, Pelican Avenue
4. September und 11. Oktober 2009
Kate MacGarry, 7a Vyner Street, London E2 9DG