— February 22, 2016 —
Art platform and fashion house, Cocurata, presents their latest collection entitled All Existence. This SS16 collection features new and recent works from contemporary artists Brian Willmont, Michael Dotson and Josh Reames.
Gouache, ink, and smoke on paper, 28x22”,2013
Best known for his water painterly gouache and ink works, Brian Willmont folds history, geography and his own rich imagination into his paintings. Two of the artworks that were used in SS16’s All Existence, ‘Gaze’ and ‘Shift’ are taken from a series of paintings that juxtapose the beauty of Greco-Roman sculpture with the visages of cowboys and indians that push at the future by reinventing the past.
Michael Dotson’s paintings on the other hand, have been previously defined by a strict adherence to linear perspective. Dotson has been noted to enjoy being described as a ‘modern David Hockney from outer space’, and that is evidenced in the artworks for SS16, ‘Swimmers’ and ‘Idiot Wind’.
Acrylic on Panel 24” x 20” 2013
With a style reminiscent of computer simulated environments and the use of bright colour that is intended to further heighten the sense of artificiality in his works, Dotson’s paintings “emphasize the division between interaction and detachment in virtual reality”.
With a strong interest in the way that we browse, scroll and click through the internet taking away the hierarchy of image importance, significance and frame of reference, Josh Reames pulls together unrelated images, flattens them onto canvas and frames them together in the one image.
Acrylic on Canvas 48” x v60” 2014
The works used in All Existence, ‘steal harder’ and ‘this and that’ are expressive of this abstraction of meaning and context, and in SS16 are in fact framed within the context of the omnipresent and ubiquitous t-shirt.
With All Existence, whilst continuing to inhabit a space between contemporary fashion and street, Cocurata ups the ante and begins to explore proportion. Made for the Modern Eccentrics, SS16 relies on inspiration from the artworks to inform the fabrication, shapes and detailing of the collection.
Graphic elements of all works are taken and applied directly onto fabrics such as uncut velvet and denim, using techniques such as engineered printing and 3D embroidery, as well as extended into details such as seam lines and hemlines, taken most conspicuously from Willmont’s work.
Dotson’s work is used most literally as all over yardage prints for this season. Reames’ work has been, ironically, re-appropriated into simple statement tees and fashion silhouettes.