Virgil Abloh presented his F/W 2019 collection “Public Television” for Off-White at the Carrousel de Louvre that was transformed into a landscape that could easily be found in a bio-dome. For the generations that grew up on Public Television, nothing taps into our nostalgia like the opening samples from Mr.Roger’s Neighborhood. Ironic that such institutions are celebrated while across the pond on Abloh’s home turf the shutdown continues.
While sending out the invites, Abloh stated on Instagram:
“My narrative for 2019 is to finally reveal the rationale that exists underneath my creative outputs as one body of work, versus the fragmented projects as they naturally exist now.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (@mcachicago) exhibition and museum catalog will also be a published book summarizing the last 20~ years of work. It will illustrate the through lines that exist and showcase how each of my projects relates to one another”
It does get wordy, but thankfully we still have books, instead of Instagram captions for this, lol
For instance, pure artworks I am making relate to projected images. An understanding and point-of-view to re-wire “advertising”. see previous post or my solo exhibit in Tokyo last year.)
While fashion etc. relates the same re-configuration of projected moving still images of things we’ve seen since before we were paying attention aka “public television”.
Abloh’s time at Vuitton has also rubbed off with more tailored pieces worked among high-waisted drawstring denim trousers with a YK2 flair. Gone are any hints of a pastel palette opting for acid yellows, oranges, and an alien green. If anything, the green rush is in full swing.