Initially made for Ill-Studio’s first solo exhibition in Paris, this sculpture made of plaster represents a pair of Nike TN. The Nike TN is a very popular shoe of the French youth culture from the 2000s, and it is here presented as seen by future archaeologists finding a vestige of our modern civilisation.
«Ill-Studio? I first considered them as “contemporary aesthetes”. This could look like an oxymoron, a contradiction : the aesthete, in its old and dandy-est sense, is all about disdain for democratic productions, industrial civilization artifacts and popular surfaces, and for this crowd he snubs with his aristocratic taste.
You can find this in Ill-Studio’s work since 2007: whatever they’re asked to work on, they showcase the evidence of a cult of beauty, managing to combine minimalism with that kind of preciousness that may lead to esotericism.
The style is their style, before displaying any technical know-how or graphico-conceptual protocol. Except that this true “hyperesthesia disease” (illness?) does not only apply to quality items, but to some indifferently high or low forms of contemporary culture. This is the artistic direction that will be showcased during their exhibition Fetishistic Scopophilia : highlighting visual obsessions, to exhibit references, to taste raw materials.»
Text by Jean-Max Colard