Ian Berry is back to make us dream with his works of art made of jeans. The British artist, about whom we have spoken on several occasions, will be present until mid-August at the Rijswijk Museum in The Hague with his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands.
The exhibition “Splendid Isolation” will include some of the artist’s most famous works and will tell the story of his career, from the jeans paintings of The American Jean series that tell glimpses of American reality to those of Hotel California in which denim is used to reproduce the water of crystal-clear swimming pools.
Visitors will also be confronted with more complex works, such as Lockdown Living Room, a living room entirely lined with jeans in different colours and washes, or his Secret Garden.
This installation looks like thick vegetation growing from the ceiling and under which you can stop to take a photo and admire the almost maniacal work of the artist who has handmade thousands of jeans flowers by cutting, folding and gluing the different pieces of fabric to create all kinds of flowers.
As always, in addition to being aesthetically beautiful and satisfying, Ian Berry’s works invite the viewer to reflect on the waste of textile materials and want to raise awareness of the fact that the textile industry is one of the most polluting. It is for these reasons that the artist uses only discarded or donated materials and never new fabrics.