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Viviane Sassen’s "In and Out of Fashion" is on view at the museum’s André Leon Talley Gallery, the only dedicated couture gallery in the southern U.S. In this installation conceived for the SCAD Museum of Art, Sassen experiments with bringing elements from her staged photography (mirrors, collage, tape, color filters) into the museum space. The intricate layering of lights and images reflects Sassen’s bewildering language, with its intertwined bodies, sculptural compositions and abstract forms. Her fashion photography is marked by innovative strength and surreal beauty.
The collaboration with a team of stylists, art directors, models and makeup artists creates the conditions for a creative playground, a "laboratory" in which Sassen pushes the limits of conventional forms and colors, subverting fashion’s prevailing codes and conventions. Models’ limbs are cut out, merged into the background or turned into amorphous tangles; deep color patches make innocuous images otherworldly. The projection of these bold compositions onto mirrors and walls at various angles, with disregard to the constraints of gravity, makes the riddles in Sassen’s images even more complex.
Presented as part of the 2014 deFINE ART program, Feb. 18-21
Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
All deFINE ART lectures, receptions and events are free and open to the public.
The exhibition is free for all SCAD students, faculty, staff and museum members and open to the public with the cost of museum admission.