The artwork Mickalene Thomas created for HENZEL STUDIO COLLABORATIONS is based on a photo drawing collage. The image is combined with one of Thomasí hair portraits to bring in a graphic element on top of the decorative and floral background, making the final image a unique digital collage. MICKALENE THOMAS Candy Crush, 2013 Hand knotted rug, New Zealand Wool & Silk, 150 knot Free-form, Select areas made with 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8 mm pile height 242 x 280 cm (95 x 110 ins) / Custom size upon request Courtesy of Henzel Studio
Henzel Studio Collaborations, is an exclusive collection of limited edition art rugs realized in close collaboration with fine artists operating at the forefront of contemporary culture. Featuring: ASSUME VIVID ASTRO FOCUS, SCOTT CAMPBELL, LEO GABIN, NAN GOLDIN,ROBERT KNOKE, HELMUT LANG, LINDER, MARILYN MINTER, RICHARD PHILLIPS, JACK PIERSON, RICHARD PRINCE, ANSELM REYLE, JUERGEN TELLER and MICKALENE THOMAS. Henzel Studio Collaborations was conceived with no regard to the past state of art and design. Contrary to common associations to rugs ó an object that inherently possesses a strong sense of history and references to defined artistic and aesthetic movements ó the purpose of this project is to provide a new and extraordinary channel for art to be made available through an alternate medium. Via a curated lens, a new context is shaped to reflect diverse dynamics of contemporary art and design. Each volume will represent a different visual portrayal that transcends temporal or popular factors in this ongoing initiative. The inclusion of the participating artists in this first volume was, in part, inspired by Calle Henzelís independent voice and stature in the world of art and design. Each artist was invited and selected to synergize with the next, gravitating toward artists that have each established their own rules in the art world, either by practice or by status. The result is a curation that, when combined, offers an eclectic, aesthetically broad and authentic grouping, with an overall common denominator of openness to the crossdisciplinary practice at hand, which can also be traced in the artistsí body of work. The artists are all groundbreaking and leading forces within their respective fields and media, ranging from sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, installations, reliefs and video art. Their mark has not only been honored and highlighted at leading galleries and institutions worldwide, but also widely documented and manifested as a mirror of cultural movements.