Henzel Studio recently announced “Henzel Studio Collaborations, Volume #1,” an exclusive collection of art rugs realized in close collaboration with twelve artists, including some of the most prominent and influential names in the contemporary art world. For fifteen years, Henzel Studio has created luxury handmade rugs fusing the aesthetic of Calle Henzel’s unique artworks with breakthrough technologies and artisanal production. The result is pure artistry in form of unique and handmade designs that transcend the boundaries between art and interior design. To expand on this practice, Henzel Studio Collaborations was formed as a continuous initiative inviting contemporary artists across disciplines and genres to freely and seamlessly translate their work through an alternate media and the extraordinary artisan practices that are involved in the making of Henzel’s rugs. All pieces are created by hand in Nepal, using centuries old weaving techniques that make each rug truly unique. The project was conceived with no regard to the past state of art and design.
Contrary to common associations to rugs—an object that inherently possesses a strong sense of history and references to defined artistic and aesthetic movements—the purpose of this project is to provide a new and extraordinary channel for art to be made available through an alternate medium. Via a curated lens, a new context is shaped to reflect diverse dynamics of contemporary art and design. Each artist was invited and selected to synergize with the next, gravitating toward artists that have each established their own rules in the art world, either by practice or by status. The result is a curation that offers an eclectic, aesthetically broad and authentic grouping, with an overall common denominator of openness to the cross-disciplinary practice at hand, which can also be traced in the artists’ body of work.
The artists are all groundbreaking and leading forces within their respective fields and media, ranging from sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, installations, reliefs and video art. Their mark has not only been honored and highlighted at leading galleries and institutions worldwide, but also widely documented and manifested as a mirror of cultural movements. For example, there’s Scott Campbell’s autonomous voice as both a tattoo and fine artist; Linder’s uncompromising work that helped shape the aesthetic of punk; Robert Knoke’s redefining of portraiture for the 21st century; Richard Prince’s enthralling methods of re-appropriation; Helmut Lang’s sculptural exploration beyond the human form and Leo Gabin spearheading the immersion from social media into youth culture. Free to disregard design movements and related principles and rules, the featured artists were invited to freely and seamlessly translate their work and artistic ethos into the media at hand, exploring shape, volume and finishing, where practicality was secondary to concept. The creative brief allowed all artists to embrace the outcome as part of their body of work.
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