(August 2016, St. Louis, MO) --
St. Louis’ projects + gallery is pleased to present “Charlie Would...,” the U.S. solo debut of Paris-based multidisciplinary artist Charlie le Mindu. Le Mindu is known for pioneering the use of human hair as an artistic medium and combines fashion, performance art and installation in his work. The show will run Sept. 15 to Nov. 19, 2016, and features some of his best-known sculptural works.
“Charlie is one of the most electrify-
ing artists working today,” says Susan Barrett, founder and president of Barrett Barrera Projects. “His pieces challenge us to look at new mediums and redefine what we think of as sculpture.”
Born in Bergerac, France and raised
in the French wine country of Castel- nau-de-Médoc, Charlie le Mindu has lived and worked throughout Europe. His sculptures and performance compo- sitions have been exhibited in numer- ous institutions including the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Palais de Tokyo and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Additional projects, including art direction of the storefront windows at Galeries Lafayette Paris and Bor- deaux, reflect the regard of both the fashion and art worlds in his dramatic, offbeat design aesthetic.
Le Mindu’s artistic practice is influenced by the subcultures of European nightlife and drag performance, while his ico- nography finds influence in subjects as varied as ancient mythology, fantastical bestiaries, and medieval headdresses. More than just wearable art capable of transforming and extending the human body, within the space of the gallery
his sculptures recall both natural and fantastical imagery.
In ‘Charlie Would....’ Charlie le Mindu demonstrates the limits of his medium and the limits of traditional definitions of art. Using sculpture and movement, le Mindu coalesces contemporary culture and our primal selves into creations simultaneously reminiscent of African art and European clubwear. The artist push- es the material boundaries of synthetic and human hair, developing techniques that treat hair much in the same way that fur has been treated and fetishized for its aesthetic and sensual qualities in the larger historical continuum of fashion. Charlie le Mindu is redefining the fetish by reexamining hair not only as a means of personal decoration, but as a material with which we can fashion the self and manifest the imagination.
More than just wearable art capable
of transforming and extending the human body, within the space of the gallery Charlie le Mindu’s tressed and tufted sculptures recall both natural and fantastical imagery: fluorescent jellyfish float in the darkness, while large winged creatures hover, both ominous and invit- ing, before the viewer.
Appealing to the artist’s subversive per- sonality, influences and oeuvre, ‘Charlie Would....’ asks us to consider, what else would Charlie do?
“Charlie Would...” is made possible with generous support from Hair- Dreams and The Dominic Michael Salon. Barrett Barrera Projects is the artistic representative for Charlie le Mindu.