MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser

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MSCHF presents art 2 at perrotin los angeles

 

Perrotin Los Angeles has taken possession of the Del Mar Theater, converting it into an art gallery while preserving its historical marquee. An auditorium enhanced by Johnston Marklee is the central gallery space, where art collective MSCHF exhibits their second Perrotin solo presentation, Art 2, whereby the collective stages a series of installations bound by the theme of a second act. In Tinseltown, where sequels seem inevitable, MSCHF takes on the role of superhero and villain. Drop after drop, they keep returning — taking us for a joyride. Art 2 is on show at Perrotin between April 6 and June 1, 2024. 

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser
exhibition view of Art 2 at Perrotin Los Angeles | all images courtesy the gallery

 

 

from Pablo Picasso’s Le Poisson to microscopic handbags

 

MSCHF shapeshifts between art collective and fashion company, traversing multiple dimensions while collectors, consumers, gamers, and friends witness their performative acts. In 2021, they acquired Fairies, an Andy Warhol ink-on-paper drawing. They reproduced 999 identical copies, mixed them with the original, and sold each for $250 at Drop #59, Museum of Forgeries. In minutes, all 1,000 artworks sold out.

 

The art world of 2024 headlines trumpet the industry’s fixation on authenticity, from the ongoing saga of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi to Rembrandt’s The Adoration of the Kings. Riding on this wave of absurdity in attribution and perceived value, MSCHF transfers its online project to a gallery context.Their sophomore iteration revolves around Pablo Picasso’s Le Poisson, a carved wooden artifact that fits in the palm of your hand. Replicated 249 times for Art 2 at Perrotin LA, this sculpture is recast as a school of fish adorning one long wall. The bait is twofold: a collector may purchase the entire installation, guaranteeing their ‘catch’ of an original Picasso. Or 250 frenzied fans vote with their dollars to democratize accessibility over art pedigree.

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser
the collective stages a series of installations bound by the theme of a second act

 

 

MSCHF’s Drop #84 Key4All demonstrates what can happen when thousands of people across the country can access a single car via duplicate keys. While the art collective originally predicted a Grand Theft Auto competition of participants stealing the 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser from one another, the results revealed a dedicated, caring community. Participants constantly repaired, repainted, and accessorized the vehicular protagonist as it winded its way to Truckee, California, its final resting place where it broke down. A standout of this gallery exhibition, the Public Universal Car, now a relic, is accompanied by documentation and ephemera of its almost year-long transatlantic trek. Its static state recalls Ant Farm’s infamous public sculpture, Cadillac Ranch. This work explored alternatives to corporate architecture and featured ten junked Cadillacs half-buried in a Texas field. When the Cruiser is purchased, the proceeds will allow MSCHF to place a Key4All transceiver into a new vehicle, resurrecting the project to don its treads again.

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser
Public Universal Car, 2022 | 2004 PT Cruiser, Chicken Run VHS tape, antifreeze, air freshener, found objects, 160 x 429.3 x 172.7 cm | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin

 

 

If you’re on the internet, there was no escaping 2023’s ubiquitous Big Red Boot (BRB). The boot became an overnight sensation when the Astro Boy cartoon image was realized as a seamless construction of molded rubber. We were bombarded with pictures of celebrities stylishly rocking them, then influencers, and finally, the whole wide world. In weeks, the project’s approval rating went from brilliant to despicable. Internally, MSCHF grappled with the conundrum of popularity subsuming the art project’s intention: mastering craftsmanship through the platonic ideal of exaggerated footwear. In a humorous double entendre, Bootlegs (in a series of six) is the Big Red Boot fitted with partially hairy legs, a reincarnation of an iconic image hijacked by meme culture.

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser
MSCHF exhibits their second Perrotin solo presentation

 

 

Another instance of the transformative power of virality brings us to a small church in the Spanish village of Borja. A deteriorating painting once known as Ecco Homo resided here for many years when a beloved parishioner took it upon herself to improve the work in 2012. However, she lacked the touch of a skilled restorer, and the media subsequently rebaptized the suffering countenance of Jesus Christ as Monkey Christ, Potato Jesus, or Beast Jesus. While the aesthetic results were disastrous, thousands of curious internet pilgrims descended, bringing a tourism boom to the town. This meme-fied conversion of destruction to creation inspired MSCHF’s series Botched Masters. The collective purchased a handful of 17th and 18th-century religious paintings, then “restored” aspects of each work, hoping to emulate the indie magic of Borja. In ‘destroying’ the work, does their hand bring new value to the revised creation? Still to be scripted.

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser
Birkin Bag (Microscopic Handbags), 2024 | photopolymer resin, gel case, microscope, microscope: 76.2 x 40.6 x 20.3 cm; microscopic bag: 978 x 355 x 1010 um | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin

 

 

In the fast-moving fashion world, there are three reigning categories: shoes, bags, and frames. MSCHF’s portfolio includes the first two. For their third bag venture deconstructing the luxury product, the aptly named Microscopic Handbags are tiny and only viewable by microscope. Co-opting a biomedical industry technique, they leveraged 3D printing based on a two-photon polymerization for ultraprecise microfabrication in liquid resin. Each of the five works produced for Art 2 salutes Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Hermes, Jacquemus, and Telfar. Probing lineage and legitimacy, these artworks are the 21st-century portrayal of the ancient Indian fable featuring two weavers who deceive a king by presenting him with a garment that can only be seen by the competent. Hoodwinked, the emperor parades nude in his supposed magnificent robe, with his court concurring until a child yells out, ‘The emperor has no clothes.’ With Microscopic Handbags, MSCHF co-stars as both weaver and child, a testament to their subversive cosplay.

 

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Lastly, MSCHF proves spectacle comes in all shapes and sizes at Art 2, centering their exhibition with an exclamation point, Touch Me Sculpture One More Time. Conjuring Michaelangelo and Bernini, the bronze work is a group of friends in a chaotic embrace. The tangled bodies stand on a pentagonal pedestal, edged with an LED readout flashing a set of numbers. MSCHF wants the digits to remain a mystery until the artwork is experienced in Perrotin Los Angeles.

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser
Soracelli, 2024 | oil on canvas | framed: 150.81 x 121.23 cm; unframed: 149.5 x 120 cm | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser
Bootlegs (Blue), 2024 | resin, silicone, paint | each: 68.5 x 23.3 x 41.5 cm; together: 68.5 x 47.5 x 41.5 cm | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin

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Cave Hieroglyph Venus De Avignon Descending a Staircase Sexy Robot, 2024 | oil on canvas | framed: 74.93 x 152.72 cm; unframed: 73.66 x 151.45 cm | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser
Art 2 by MSCHF is on view until June 1, 2024

MSCHF's latest perrotin show in LA stages micro handbags and a junked PT cruiser
Goo Goo Ga Ga (Botched Vierge à l’Enfant terrassant le dragon), 2023 / Vierge à l’Enfant terrassant le dragon, Unknown, 17th c. | oils | framed: 20.8 x 15.3 cm | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin

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Bootlegs (Red), 2024 | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin
Bootlegs (Red), 2024 | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin
Ozempic (Botched Fumador de Cigarrillos, Fernando Botero, 1975), 2023 | acrylic, colored pencil | framed: 53 x 43.2 cm | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin
Ozempic (Botched Fumador de Cigarrillos, Fernando Botero, 1975), 2023 | acrylic, colored pencil | framed: 53 x 43.2 cm | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin
Muralangelo, 2024 | oil on canvas | framed: 148.11 x 120 cm; unframed: 144.8 x 118.74 cm | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin
Muralangelo, 2024 | oil on canvas | framed: 148.11 x 120 cm; unframed: 144.8 x 118.74 cm | image © Guillaume Ziccarelli, courtesy the artists and Perrotin
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project info:

 

name: Art 2 

location: Perrotin Los Angeles | @perrotin

artist: MSCHF@mschf

viewing dates: April 6 – June 1, 2024 

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