We’ve been taking you through the two week installations at the BOFFO Building Fashion event, and this week marks the third installation by Patrik Ervell + Graham Hudson. It is quite remarkable to see the transformation that takes place at 57 Walker Street every few days (remember how last time, the fashion and architecture pair Irene Neuwirth + Marc Fornes / TheVeryMany resulted in a crazy atmosphere of organic metallic forms dancing across the room?). Now, visitors will experience a space with crumbling walls, rubble, scaffold and re-bar designed by Hudson in response to the Ervell’s design brand of innovative materials and unconventional application throughout his collections. “Overall, the environment that has been created where destruction —the decay and the beautiful—are transformed into art and design, both literally and figuratively,” explained BOFFO.
More about the designers and the installation after the break.
But what truly sets Patrik Swedish born and California raised Patrik Ervell is noted for using innovative and unusual fabrics to utilitarian and elegant designs. Most specifically, Ervell’s ability to use unfamiliar materials such as gold foil and meticulously placed rust stains from iron and copper oxidized fabrics to rubberized cotton jumpsuits make him a standout in the fashion world.
Ervell’s minimalistic aesthetic pairs nicely with London-based Graham Hudson’s varied interests in sculpture, architecture and design. For the installation, Hudson’s concept proposed a space that should not be a store, a space that looked condemned and under renovation. Utilizing the demolition sites around Walker St, the materials of Hudson’s installation provide a survey and snapshot of the changing face of New York in October 2011. Forthcoming projects include ‘Proximity’ a six-month project at the MACRO (Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma), and a commission with London’s Film and video Umbrella.