Jonathan Anderson is best known for his London-based personal brand JW Anderson and his work for the Spanish house of Loewe. His designs are often influenced by explorations of ideas of gender and identity, a theme that also shaped the curatorial choices he made for this particular exhibition. The show at the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery in Wakefield, by many considered as one of the main contemporary art temples of England, brings together over 100 works from 40 artists which in some way or other relate to the human body. With fashion, art, design and photography on show, the boundaries between different creative fields are dissolved.
Oversized jumpers turn into abstract forms
In an exhibition video, Anderson says: 'I think we live in a period where we’re surrounded by so much imagery. This exhibition is not dictating, but asking questions: how do you feel when seeing two things put next to each other? I am excited about the dialogue that comes into being when these two characters speak to each other.' Throughout the gallery, Anderson has purposefully placed figurative art works from Magali Reus, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and many others along fashion pieces by designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawabuko, Helmut Lang and Vivienne Westwood to create a 'direct, immediate dialogue'. At the centre of the space, Anderson created an interactive installation of oversized jumpers that visitors can put on to transform their own bodies into abstract shapes by stretching the knitted tubes with their arms and legs.