REIN VOLLENGA

Ephemeral and ethereal

source: chasseurmagazine

Ephemeral and ethereal, the work of artist Rein Vollenga is particularly notable in his ‘wearable sculpture’. Vollenga’s unique and visceral work is darkly seductive, and his creations have been embraced by many of fashions forward thinkers as they continue to venture into darker, more fetishistic territory that celebrates a deeper, animalistic sexuality and revels in individuality and fragmented identity. Vollenga is a native of Berlin, reflected in the Teutonic avant garde nature that pervades his work, as is a dangerous, slightly sinister and hedonistic sense that harks back to pre-war Berlin’s days of decadence and ‘voluptuous panic’; his creations conjure all the allure of the decadence of a futuristic Ball Masque. Renowned for his wearable art, which takes form in sculptural headwear and accessories, the artist is now gaining the attention and patronage of the fashion industries elite; a more severe and gothic, 21st Century Dali if you will. Chasseur sat down with Rein himself to discuss his work; its origins and nature, and what drives the man behind the masks.
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source: whatscontemporary
With a fascination for the human body merged with a synthetic aesthetic, artist Rein Vollenga is the man behind these incredibly visceral sculptures. The Dutch born artist has been exhibited in both museums and galleries, as well as collaborated with several different performers and fashion designers. The result of the latter has been a collection of Wearable Sculptures.
Easily assumed to always have existed as the perfected forms that are the result of Rein’s hard work, the lengthy and intense craftsmanship involved is quite opposite to the sleek high gloss surfaces that are the end result.
With a passion for the specialty of one of a kind works, the pieces he creates are partly assembled out of mass-producedfound objects that we might recognize from our daily lives and exist only as unique Haute Couture pieces. The intrigue for objects that both refer to the language of industrial manufacturing as well as the natural, are what make up his materials, the assemblages then get coated inhand-moulded resin. Using this process he modifies the literal functions of the individual object into a piece that speaks to the imagination.
Previous clients include among others Mugler, Lady Gaga, New Power Studio, Cassette Playa, 2NE1 and Hanayo. Wearable Sculptures have been shown during the London and Paris Fashion Weeks and featured in Dazed, i-D, V Man, V, NY Times, Vogue Italia, Sang Bleu, Showstudio and Style.com. His sculptures have been exhibited at Kunsthall Oslo, Gallery West in The Hague, Neues Museum, Berlin, September, Berlin and Jan Cunen Museum, Oss.
Rein Vollenga currently lives and works in Berlin.
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source: designcollectornet
Dutch-born sculptor Rein Vollenga‘s work has been displayed in worldwide galleries and touted by the likes of Lady Gaga. Vollenga regularly transgresses the traditional boundaries of sculpture by producing tangible and wearable pieces for a whole host of fashion brands – Mugler, New Power Studio and Cassette Playa – as well as magazines, including Dazed & Confused.