For Fall/Winter 2013, Louis Vuitton has invited three new international street artists – Eko Nugroho from Indonesia, EINE from the United Kingdom and Franco-Tunisian eL Seed – to bring their vision to bear on its emblematic Giant Silk Square. This latest collaboration continues Louis Vuitton’s world tour of the buzzing street scene, which began last season with AIKO, RETNA, and Os Gemeos – themselves following in a tradition of partnerships with contemporary artists, including Stephen Sprouse, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, and Richard Prince.
Mixing urban and pop influences with traditional motifs, Eko Nugroho’s intriguing design for the Tropical Giant Square conjures up a mythical hybrid creature in deliberately clashing colors that are an ode to freedom, which twists across a geometrical background of scale-like shapes in blue and khaki.
Tropical Giant Square measures 53.5″ x 53.5″ and is made from 100% silk georgette with hand-finished rolled edges. The Square is exclusively available at Louis Vuitton for US$795.
About Eko Nugroho
Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho’s (born in 1977, Yogyakarta) comic inspired multi-disciplinary work questions the nature of Man, our contradictory and ironic nature, and the absurdity of life in general. He works across disciplines and sites, making public murals, and exhibiting paintings and drawings, while exploring the possibilities of other media such as embroidery, artist books, comics, video animation, and contemporary wayang kulit (shadow puppet) in his own capacity and collaboratively as part of Wayang Bocor puppet troop. Among recent projects and exhibitions he has participated in include RALLY: Contemporary Indonesian Art, Jompet Kuswidananto & Eko Nugroho at National Gallery Victoria, Australia (2012), Trans-figuration: Indonesian Mythologies at Espace Culturel Louis VUitton (2011), Beacons of the Archipelago: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia at Arario Gallery, South Korea (2010), Biennale de Lyon: Spectacle of the Everyday (2009) and Beyond The Dutch at Central Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands (2009). Eko is one of the participating artists at the Indonesian Pavillon in the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale in 2013.
Images via Louis Vuitton