My first solo show of the year – Perfume as Practice SS19 at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London – is inching ever closer; in a mere 6 weeks the exhibition will be up and running. So as you might expect February has largely consisted of exhibition preparation; writing and sending invites, research, press releases, flyer images, visiting and measuring the space and, somewhere in the midst of it all – actual work!
Perfume as Practice SS19 will consist of 10 perfume portraits and visual work responding to the theme of astronomy. As such each perfume will be based on a specific constellation, and adorned with appropriate livery constructed with simple, elegant line and shape:
Perfume and astronomy have more in common than you might think, as both have a certain ethereal, intangible quality that our minds do not fully understand. Perfume as Practice SS19 hypothesises that placing astronomy in a domestic context such as perfume, and placing perfume in a vast context such as astronomy will extend our understanding of both relative to personal thoughts and experiences. And of course, the chief aims of Perfume as Practice, which are to provide an alternative utility for perfume that confounds our preconceptions while revealing the capacity perfume has for contemporary art, will also be present and correct.
Perfume as Practice SS19 opens at Lumen Crypt Gallery on 4th April.