JULIAN KLINCEWICZ RUNWAY SHOW AND EXHIBITION

CHAMP FEATURE

Julian Klincewicz
“HEY, I LIKE YOU” art exhibition and runway presentation

23 September, 2016
San Diego Art Institute

Last Friday, the San Diego Art Institute hosted a new type of artistic expression, one that could have only been created in this generation where the merging of art and fashion became an inclusive and experiential artwork requiring guest participation and a greater community.

Artist Julian Klincewicz’s ongoing series ‘Hey, I Like You’ follows it’s earlier exhibitions in Encinitas (LUX Gallery) and Tokyo (SO Gallery), for a third instalment at the San Diego Art Institute. Here, captured by ChampFam Erwin Abutin on the evening. The exhibitions ongoing focus is in exploration of the relationship between people and precious objects, reflecting a close look at how those objects become substitutes/intermediaries for human connection, intimacy and vulnerability and furthermore, empathy.

For ‘Hey, I Like You’, Julian’s silk works express, “Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For What You Need” and “Unbridled And Eternal Delicacy”, amongst other thought-provoking terms, are accompanied by an additional expression for clothing presentation as fashion runway. Intended to emphasise and explore (a questionably existing or lacking) relationship and atmosphere between art and ‘high’ fashion, in a direct context of his hometown in San Diego whilst also including industry support and involvement through product collaboration such as Gym Standard, Vans, SUPER, O.Ballou and UltraOlive.

Julian explains, “I want to create something fun and something foreign to what people associate with San Diego and experience from day to day here, but something which exists very intrinsically within my world and my work—‘fashion.’ So doing a runway show—re-contextualising my experiences of New York and Paris—and putting it in the middle of Balboa Park for an audience that might not necessarily have access to those shows every season—I think it can create a unique and special experience. It’s just as much about the clothing and the physicality of the work as it is about creating a very specific experience for people in San Diego, a ‘Run Way Show’ creates a certain kind of energy that “Exhibition” does not. 

All photos: Erwin Abutin / Champ

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