Soft Armour produced for Soft Play Sanctuary
by Christos Gkenoudis
and Leon Sadler
, 5th March 2020, 6:00-9:00pm at One Thoresby Street, Nottingham.
"Soft Play Sanctuary sits somewhere between Fashion Collection and Sculptural Installation: an ethereal, interactive collaboration between artists Christos Gkenoudis and Leon Sadler; a little friendship between works.
The - Soft Armour - works cross the boundaries between sculpture and accessory, being a midpoint between existing sculptures of varying statures. At once objects for snuggling and armour to strap on to yourself. However, this is not armour for battle, but for retreat: for the creation of a space for passivity that is ‘anti-power culture’ and ‘anti-empowerment’.
‘What if empowerment isn’t ‘you’? What are your options? Pause and accept the positive sides of weakness, softness and passivity *sigh*’
Christos is adding to and augmenting Leon’s armour, creating outfits of flowing fabric, soft sculpture and straps: cloaks of tranquility, straight from a different world, where tenderness is the key. Drawing from a DIY ethos Gkenoudis strives to make work that embodies vulnerablity & the temporary.
‘Stopping time. Falling into clouds. A snapshot of what feeling is, what passivity is: it’s about the letting go, about acceptance, going down the river, opening up."
Big thank you to Adam Grainger
for the photography and thank you to all the beautiful and willing participants!
Digital printed snugglesoft™ polar fleece with hardware and ribbon details.
Can be attached to any type of body. Designed and hand-made by LS
at S.S.SB Studio.
9 unique designs. Various sizes.
Soft Armour 03, 04, 05, 06 are £150 each. 09 is £250. 01, 02, 07, 08 have sold already. Please email email@example.com to purchase. Price includes tracked international shipping. Please allow a little delay in shipping due to lockdown restrictions.
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