If you're a clothes horse like me, Helmut Lang might be a name you associate with asymmetrical sweaters, bias-cut silk slip dresses, and second-skin leather leggings. A lesser known fact about the Austrian-born fashion designer? That he left his eponymous brand in 2005, and has since refocused his energies on art—more specifically, sculpture, which he creates from his Hamptons home and studio. Lang's first solo show went up this month at Sperone Westwater gallery in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood—and it's worth a visit.
The pieces, which include flat sculptures composed of resin and pigment pressed together in sheets, shredded fragments from his fashion archive molded with resin into pillar-like sculptures, and densely layered works composed of cardboard, string, and tape painted with a monochrome finish, are deeply textural and moodily stark. Presented in a series, the 10 to 12 foot pillars resemble slim Birch trunks in various states of being—from white as snow to seemingly charred to an inky black.
The exhibition is up at Sperone Westwater at 257 Bowery until February 21st.