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Henry Khudyakov

Contemporary Russian Art Center Of America

Since the early-20th-century avant-garde movements of Italian Futurism and Russian Constructivism, clothes design has proved to be a stimulating and prolific area of inspiration for artists who aspire to break down the barriers between art and life. In a recent one-person show, “Visionary nonwearables E.S.P. ionage,” Henry Khudyakov examined the issue anew.

The show consisted of this Russian-born artist’s personal line of fantasy fashions, including vests, jackets, ties, and T-shirts, and a group of related paintings and drawings. The fashions are based on mass-produced, moderately priced, average-sized men’s wear, which Khudyakov transforms into a series of unique and precious art objects encoded with cultural messages. Working on the flat, frontal surface of each garment, he produces a richly decorated emblematic surface. Compositions and materials vary, though contrasting textures,

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