If you've looked through CELINE HOMME's spring/summer 2021 collection, you may have noticed a distinct and vibrant print that's used in a few looks. While it may look like a random rendering of summery elements—palm trees in pastel colours—the print in fact comes from a specific artwork.
American visual artist Tyson Reeder lent his artistic expressions to the collection, providing his 2019 work, 'Autobahn', as the only landscape print in the entire collection. The result is a truly hodgepodge combination of art prints with casual oversized knits and tailoring mixed in with some elements of outdoor gear. It's a vibe that CELINE's artistic, creative and image director Hedi Slimane based off of TikTok culture and the idea of grabbing elements of different influences and putting them through the lens of the youths of now.
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We find out more about the collaboration from the artist himself, and his thoughts on how his first fashion collaboration could potentially be worn by a new generation of social media-savvy individuals.
ESQ: This collaboration seems quite fitting, seeing how both you and Slimane are curators in your own rights. How did the collaboration come about?
TYSON REEDER: Hedi and the CELINE team responded to some recent paintings shown at my gallery CANADA in New York and reached out to CANADA's director Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle to see if I would be down to collaborate. It was a thrill to be asked and I love what they came up with.
ESQ: What are you most inspired by? And what's the story behind the artwork that's been chosen to be part of the collection, 'Autobahn'?
TYSON REEDER: This painting, 'Autobahn', began like a lot my work with a lot of shuffling through old drawings and scraps of patterned fabric to arrive at an aggregate of colour and surface that surprises me. The high horizon line was inspired by Milton Avery's landscapes, and the ghostly motorcycles came from an older painting I showed at my first CANADA show, " Chopper ".
ESQ: The CELINE spring/summer 2021 collection is a result of TikTok culture. How are you with social media? And have you got into TikTok?
TYSON REEDER: My only encounters with TikTok have been more as an anthropologist or a tourist than a participant. I teach painting and I am interested in how limitations and rules generate creativity. The finite time limit of TikTok does that, and there is something moving about ordinary people surrendering to it so fully, like the early days of YouTube.
ESQ: The collaboration means that your artwork could possibly be worn by a group of people who are not necessarily familiar with your work. How does the possibility of being part of a person's wardrobe make you feel?
TYSON REEDER: This project has made me think a lot about how collaboration can counter the myopic headspace of the lonely painter in the studio. It's good for painters to see their work 'used' instead of always revered and appraised at a distance. Seeing my image worn by a kid on the other side of the world feels vital to me in some new way I don't quite understand yet.
ESQ: Would you consider fashion as art?
TYSON REEDER: Or art as fashion? Art can be used in a lazy way to redeem literally all other culture, with 'Artist' being the most sought-after title in some strange antiquated hierarchy. Sophisticated fashion to me hits the eye exactly like an abstract painting—in an instant you know how you feel about it.
ESQ: The global pandemic has changed the way we live, how has that affect you as an artist?
TYSON REEDER: Painting and writing are two of the last remaining professions where you don't have to interface with another person to create—it's just you and your deadline. So, the isolation of this year for some artists felt like a deeper continuation of focused work. I think what it brought out in me was an emotive content that was slightly more melancholy and less humorous than before, a little bit emptied out and quiet.
ESQ: What is the biggest misconception about being a contemporary artist?
TYSON REEDER: The relatively recent professionalisation of visual art has led to a misconception that artists are versed in a secret elite language and approach their projects with a great deal of intentionality. In my experience, inspiration visits me while I'm working and I'm often mystified by WTF I'm doing. The sculptor Jessica Stockholder talks about intuition as a form of intelligence that is disparaged throughout art history and I would agree. I really feel like something else is guiding what I'm doing.
The CELINE HOMME spring/summer 2021 collection with pieces incorporating art by Tyson Reeder is now available in boutiques and online.