Paris Fashion Designer Tatiana Quard and Amsterdam-based Contemporary Painter Johannes Holt Iversen has initiated a collaboration in creating a series of clothes using unconventional methods to turn contemporary painting into futuristic designs in their new series “Centaurus Alpha Centauri”.
The collaboration which took place working across both major cities Amsterdam and Paris, draws inspirations from various cultural sources with a strong link into futuristic thinking. The pieces has been shot in a series of pictures by fashion photographer Jean-Phillipe Cervel in Paris. With influences such as modern techwear and astronautical workwear, which has resurfaced visually persistently since the 2000s, the duo has taken an approach to the futuristic look which grounds in a rather more arte avant-garde, than the technology-driven approach usually associated with the style.
Johannes Holt Iversen has been selected for the main art prize from Italian-based gallery and artist residency Galleria Banditto. The contemporary art gallery based in Montefollonico, Tuscany helds a yearly competition for their art prize, consisting of a cash prize and an artist residency in their guest-appartment and studio fascilities in Tuscany. By inviting a broad spectre of artists Galleria Banditto serves to make the art prize as diverse possible. A commitee consisting of Gallery Owner and Art Collector Roy Ockers, Art Curator Keri James, Artist Frans Smit and International Art Collector Peter Ibsen then choose a winner for the main prize among the more than 700 contestants that applies their work yearly.
The Danish Arts Council (Statens Kunstfond) has acquired three art works by Johannes Holt Iversen for the National Danish Art Collection. The Danish Art Council acquired the works through Danish gallerist Annika Nuttall who also recently held Johannes Holt Iversen’s first solo exhibition “INTERFERENCE” in Denmark back in September 2019. Nuttall’s exhibition was the first danish show since his emigration to the Netherlands and the Dutch art academy Gerrit Rietveld Academie back in 2016.
The acquired art works stems from two autonomous series of works. The Lascaux 1.0 Sculpture-series initiated in 2019 as well as the Hyper-Primitive Painting-series initiated back in 2018. The Hyper-Primitive series was furthermore showcased for the first time during his first solo exhibition “Concerning the Hyper-Primitive” in Paris, France supported by the Augustinus Foundation.