Exhibition: November 2 - December 10, 2011
Opening Reception: November 2, 6-8pm

In the back room of Steven Kasher Gallery, coinciding with our Gilles Larrain: Idolsexhibition, Louda Larrain will create her inaugural art installation, her “inner sanctum.” It will feature deconstructed textile paintings dressing the walls, in addition to a bas-relief of textile sculpture in the form of toys, heads, female and male body parts and other indescribable surprises.

After capturing the attention of Karl Lagerfeld by wearing one of her own deconstructed jacket designs at a fashion show in Paris, Louda spent years designing and producing hand-made fabrics for the major Parisian Haute Couture houses: Chanel, Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler, Emanuel Ungaro,  Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, and others.

Since then she’s been exploring and expanding the possibilities of fabric construction and wearable art. Inspired by designers like Alexander McQueen, who combined formal tailoring training with an artistic vision that infused his life and work, Louda began exploring ways she could work with textiles in intense, unexpected ways. Her extraordinary garments were featured as an instant happening installation at the Temple of Dendur in the Egyptian Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in June 2009, and in two runway shows benefiting the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project: at FIT in 2010 and at the Hotel Pierre (upcoming 2011).

In addition to textile paintings and sculpture, the artist has been creating art dresses from discarded umbrella parts. Inspired by the dozens of up-ended and discarded umbrellas she saw littering the streets of New York after each windy rain storm, she began collecting the found objects, and crocheting them into hats and garments.  These were exhibited in the Beijing and Seoul Fashion Biennales in 2010. “I am inspired by the idea of recycling the broken and polluting materials into beautiful objects,” Louda states. “It brings me great satisfaction to give them a new life.” Freestanding “umbrella dress” sculptures will  be included in the installation.

Louda is married to photographer  Gilles Larrain.  The couple has been actively collaborating on several artistic projects, and on their monthly open salons bringing together musicians, artists, models for live drawing, and friends.

The House of Louda: Post-Couture Textile Paintings and Revamped Umbrella Dress Sculptures will be on view from November 2 - December 10, 2011. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm. For more information or press requests please contact Christiona Owen at 212 966 3978, or Maureen Sullivan