16 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2016
Image rights: Courtesy Villa Design Group and Mathew Gallery, Berlin/ New York © Villa Design Group
"We Call it Ludwig : The Museum is Turning 40!"
Venue: Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2016-2017)
Inspired by theatrical sets and architecture, Villa Design Group uses installations, drawings, objects, and performances to explore the resonance of queerness in a dynamic world. The collective’s work emerges from their research of queer histories and figures, such as the 19th-century Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. The group uses this historical framework to construct environments and situations that enliven the past, using it as a model to question contemporary political formations and desires. Through an exploration of such concepts as identity, space, and design, they gesture toward a recoding of contemporary life. Formed in 2011 at Goldsmiths College in London, Villa Design Group consists of the American-born artist Than Hussein Clark and the British-born artists James Connick and William Joys.
British and American, Founded 2011, based in United States and United Kingdom