Études and Matthew Chambers
As part of this season’s collection, Études is pleased to present a special collaboration with artist Matthew Chambers. Exploring themes of proximity, the painter deals with subject-matters that are often complicatedly intimate within their universal normalcy. Chambers’ energetic portrayals of Montana flowers—the very same ones surfacing within Études’ new collection that’s composed of several items such as heavy hand-knitted sweaters, cotton corduroy shirts, silk blouses and oversized trousers—exhibit narratives of encountering the oblivious that wants to be known. And, above all, understood. There’s history. Not only in the past, but the future too.
This particular symbiosis between Études and Matthew Chambers aspires to challenge (and perhaps repurpose) scenarios of nostalgia for the new and for the old, and everything that survives within their in-betweens. It’s not about questioning what is, but examining what always has been meanwhile withstanding expectation and being sympathetic to the arrivals of another. A new ending, after all, is forever a beginning.
Études and Dike Blair
The New York-based artist Dike Blair has been creating gouaches paintings since the mid 80s, still lifes that detail diaristic settings, like that of a bar scene: cigarettes, resting in an ashtray; a Coca Cola can, waiting to be finished. The by-now iconic pieces convey memory as something personal yet also universal, documenting a plethora of meaning that perhaps most of all suggests the matter of time. How we live and how we forget, and how—in the end—we always remember.
For our upcoming season AW17, Études decided to join forces with the artist, coupling a part of the new collection with Blair’s Untitled (1992). This special collaboration particularly wishes to meditate those sometimes beautifully mundane moments of living, the component of (the many) things that make all of this worthwhile and becoming.