underwear mandalas by pilar albarracin ‘mandala (chair)’, 2012 – detail275 x 275 x 3 cmimage © aurélien mole

 

 

 

 

spanish artist pilar albarracín has found a new role for panties – expansive mandala artwork, naturally. the pieces are formed by each being grouped according to a very simple code, that of color – red, black, white, flesh-colored or multi-colored. the work forms a kind of constellation – each one obeying a strict geometric order, repeating circles, to eventually represent mandalas, a patterning that embodies spiritual and ritual significance in hinduism and buddhism. etymologically, mandala means ‘circle’ in sanskrit – and by extension, the term also means ‘community’ –  perhaps the work a trigger for controversy due to the subject matter used to represent images of such a value. additionally, the pieces become more surprising upon learning that the panties all belong to the relative so of the artist herself –  thus, each item carries its own unique story. an oeuvre of work bound to be a catalyst for discussion – and perhaps a new pair of underpants. 

underwear mandalas by pilar albarracin installation view of ‘el origen del nuevo mundo’galerie GP & N vallois, parisimage © aurélien mole

 

 

underwear mandalas by pilar albarracin installation view of ‘el origen del nuevo mundo’galerie GP & N vallois, parisimage © aurélien mole

 

 

underwear mandalas by pilar albarracin‘mandala (arc en ciel)’, 2012 – detail400 x 400 x 3 cmimage © aurélien mole

 

 

underwear mandalas by pilar albarracin installation view of ‘el origen del nuevo mundo’galerie GP & N vallois, parisimage © aurélien mole

 

 

underwear mandalas by pilar albarracin‘mandala (rouge)’, 2012red underwear275 x 275 x 3 cmimage © aurélien mole

 

underwear mandalas by pilar albarracin ‘mandala (blanc)’, 2012275 x 275 x 3 cmimage © aurélien mole

 

 

underwear mandalas by pilar albarracin‘mandala (blanc)’, 2012 – detail275 x 275 x 3 cmimage © aurélien mole

 

 

underwear mandalas by pilar albarracin installation view of ‘el origen del nuevo mundo’galerie GP & N vallois, parisimage © aurélien mole