AITOR THROUP PRESENTS THE RITE OF SPRING / SUMMER / AUTUMN / WINTER ARTICULATED SCULPTURES AND EXCLUSIVE PROTOTYPES AT DOVER STREET MARKET
14 June – 16 July
Dover Street Market, London
New Object Research
Artist and designer Aitor Throup presents his New Object Research articulated sculptures
exclusively at Dover Street Market from the 14th of June until the 16th of July.
Throup, who two days before debuted his first runway show during London Collections: Men, ambitiously presented his non-seasonal New Object Research collection in a gallery context within the store on the ground floor. Only 6 looks on a runway and then put straight into a store? We should all know by now that Throup makes his own rules and continues to dare and defy convention with his original ideas and authenticity in doing so.
Showcased on the innovative and one-of-a-kind puppets made specifically to the required needs for performing in the show, the puppets were created by 3D-printed parts from 3D scans of Throup’s own body. They enable the New Object Research collection to find a new context for presentation, and whilst all being one-off’s, the creations are not only ambitious but also revolutionary.
All 6 of the unique sculptures are not only individually important because of their production method, but also because they each play a crucial story personally for Throup, their shades of black to white representing a story waiting to be told in order to break free from the past and embark on a limitless future.
With Throup’s fans worldwide waiting over 3.5 years for the second instalment of New Object Research, little did they know it would be even more challenging than the last time to get their hands on a piece of his work. But that’s the magic of Throup isn’t it?
Dover Street Market, now in their new home in Haymarket, have been long-term supporters and stockists of Throup’s designs and ideas, previously exhibiting and selling his first New Object Research (NOR) collection in 2013 and prior to that selling his collaboration with football brand Umbro. Throup’s first NOR collection, composed of 4 concepts ‘Death of Mongolia’, ‘When Football Hooligans Become Hindu Gods’, ‘The Funeral of New Orleans’ and ‘On The Effects of Ethnic Stereotyping’, sold out in a matter of moments in reaching the Dover Street Market store. Handmade by skilled staff in his A.T. Studio in East London, the NOR products were refreshing to consumers worldwide and were works of art in their own right through their concepts and production methods. The same NOR 13 collection was also accompanied by a display of Throup’s sculptures on the ground and basement floor of Dover Street Market, made from his signature moulded mesh in black (an upside-down horse representing the Death of Mongolia concept and saxophone representing The Funeral of New Orleans). Through this exhibition of clothing design and sculptures, Throup’s story-telling is something he has continued to do to this day.
Throup’s ideas are in a world of their own, realised and executed in almost always unexpected ways. He himself challenges what is traditionally presented in the fields of art, design and fashion, something that Dover Street Market not only continue to nourish, but themselves continue to champion, finding and collaborating with visionaries like Throup.
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