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The Flowering Of Florence’s Gucci Garden

发布时间:2019-01-19   来源:网络整理    
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Looking out at the ancient stone palazzo, this could be Renaissance Florence and the wall painting of wild creatures the work of an artist of centuries ago.

But nothing in the Gucci Garden is quite as it seems. Artist Alex Merry – an illustrator who is also an enthusiast of the English folk art form, Morris dancing – is quick to explain that the all-embracing, multicoloured netherworld that she creates for Gucci is worked out digitally. She tells me that her eight strangely disturbing dreamscapes on the walls of the Gucci Garden stairway were applied by a team of workers.

For the Pitti Immagine menswear event, she was asked to create, on her own, new and appropriate designs to add to other captivating murals.

One of eight murals created by Alex Merry for Gucci's Pitti Immagine exhibition, Florence, January 2019

So how does the British artist fit her work in with Gucci?
‘A lot of things that come into my paintings – I often work really late at night – I try not to be too studious about,’ the artist explains. ‘I just let in all these symbols and with Gucci, snakes are a potent symbol, they slither into the pictures as the sun and the moon appear.’

Merry was born into a family of artists – her mother and sister are painters and sculptors, while her brother James is hyper-original singer Björk’s creative collaborator.

One of eight murals created by Alex Merry for Gucci's Pitti Immagine exhibition, Florence, January 2019

Alex Merry’s colourful and enchanting images were first spotted on Instagram by Alessandro Michele and the English artist has now become one of a group of utterly different artistic ‘influencers’ who contribute to Gucci’s colourful and hyper-decorated work.

Displays from Gucci's ‘Androgynous Mind Eclectic Body’ exhibition, Pitti Immagine, Florence, January 2019

Just a little like the artist of the 14th century presenting a completed client commission that was worked on by a team of toiling creatives, Alex Merry is one of several backstage artists whose work is on display in the Florentine building.

Displays from Gucci's ‘Androgynous Mind Eclectic Body’ exhibition, Pitti Immagine, Florence, January 2019

Other enticing elements include an exhibition of colourful menswear, from a Chinese kimono by earlier Gucci designer Tom Ford to the vibrant shades and rich textures of Michele’s more recent work. Exhibition curator Maria Luisa Frisa has called the show ‘Androgynous Mind Eclectic Body’.

But it is Alex Merry, with her take on Florentine decoration, who has stamped the colour and patterns of the new Gucci. Is Italian art absorbed directly into the patterns on the clothes that appear on the Gucci building’s main floor?

Displays from Gucci's ‘Androgynous Mind Eclectic Body’ exhibition, Pitti Immagine, Florence, January 2019

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