Conscious Schizophrenia

June 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Aldo Lanzini is someone I came across recently, after seeing the knitted masks worn by ushers at the Missoni runway presentation for Spring/Summer 2011. I think they’re fun, and remind me of Walter Van Beirendonck, in the sense that despite the bright colours and playful references there is something still slightly gimp-like and somewhat sinister about them.

But then I guess thats the point, that the power of the mask rests in the anonymity it provides.

Lanzini doesn’t produce just the masks, though the knitting and crochet informs much of his work, the medium dictating the organic process that births each piece. Much in the same way a sculptor will draw the shape and composition of the statue out from within the stone or marble.

His website is also worth looking at, though it’s a lot like his work, interesting to look at, and full of surprises but somewhat hard to follow.


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