Subversive sensibilityFurnitures by Rick Owens

Applying punk and anarchist aesthetic to furniture design
creating brutal and elegant forms

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Installation view of Rick Owens: Furniture, thought April 2, 2017 at MOCA Pacific Design Center.
Courtesy of Owenscorp

 

Best known for the iconic, eponymous clothing label he started in Los Angeles in 1994, Rick Owens has consistently drawn inspiration for his fashion collections and sculptural furniture from a vast array of art historical sources that span modernist design, brutalist architecture, monochrome painting, minimal art, and avant-garde dance. Since 2007 Owens has applied a punk and anarchist sensibility to furniture design as well, creating brutal and elegant forms out of marble, alabaster, bronze, ox bone, leather, and plywood.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles presents an exhibition of work by renowned Paris-based fashion and furniture designer that includes recent furniture, a new group of large-scale sculptures and installations, and a video; and also show a selection of paintings by Steven Parrino, whose work has been influential to Owens,

and provides the opportunity to tease out formal and conceptual parallels in the two artists’ works. Extending from a subversive, anarchist sensibility, Owens and Parrino place the mediums in which they work—and their respective histories—under examination.

HIS RADICAL AND SPECTACULAR RUNWAY SHOWS FUNCTION AS A FORM OF
PERFORMANCE ART AND OFTEN CALL INTO QUESTION
PRECONCEIVED AND CULTURALLY CONSTRUCTED NOTIONS OF BEAUTY.