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issue 40 - October/November 2017
CURVE magazine cover October/November 2017
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ART FOR ART'S SAKE

Concepts, Simplicity and a Certain Whimsy Inspires the Work of Tadao Cern

Tadao Cern is an artist who takes a different approach. His Hanging Paintings illustrate his work perfectly and have grabbed our attention. Made from metal and dyed fabrics, they are exactly what their name suggests, only they aren't paintings. Made from hanging pieces of cloth, these 'paintings' are simply beautiful and intimate. There is no purpose, no message, according to the Cern, they simply are. The inspiration is equally simple, his mother's clothes hanging in her wardrobe when Cern was a child. Row after row of hangers suspending all manner of fabric clearly left an indelible mark, one that he has returned to.

" Every single piece that I did for the series felt like a revelation to me and I keep doing them over and over again. What I love about them the most is that they are absolutely good for nothing object and that nobody ever wore them and nobody will, " said Cern. Simple, no? Cern's overall style is very much influenced by his love of architecture and contemporary design.

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