DROP IT LIKE ITS HOT
This week's show of the week has got to be the Iggy and Lou Lou Driptopia takeover of the Craft window space in Melbourne's Flinders Lane. Its really worth remembering that Iggy and Lou Lou were one of the vanguard of new school ceramicists who married pop culture, fashion and old school techniques at the start of the decade, developing an international reputation long before handmade was on every stylists hit list, Instagram feed or Pinterest board. Regular readers will be well aware of HML's love of Irene's back catalog but we have REALLY gone gaga for these super graphic new works.
The installation is superb, nimbly mixing current lifestyle and interior obsessions of macrame, ceramics and indoor plants while still making nods to both the Victorian parlor and mourning aesthetics that Iggy and Lou Lou have become famous for.
Called Driptopia the works use the forces of gravity to create 'accidental' directional patterning alongside more 'conscious' brush marks. Built up layer by layer in quartz porcelain the pieces are incredibly tactile, cleverly offering further dimensionality to the decorative mark-making as the brush travels across the uneven topography of the vessels.
This new collection represents a significant development in the career of one of Melbourne's finest and cements Irene Grishin-Selzer's reputation as a certified technical master. Stunningly beautiful stuff - our hat's off to you Irene, we want it ALL!!!
Driptopia is on at Craft until July 29.
check it out in person or online here