“An artist’s work has to be about their life, essentially,” says London based artist Tom Owen, standing among the sound proof quilts he installed for He Muscyler, his first solo exhibit at Chelsea’s RH Contemporary Art space. “It’s the first time I’ve really displayed on this scale and it’s fantastic,” he says of the work, which explores how one encounters the world through a psychological lens. That evening on April 18, Owen was joined by Random International, Agathe De Bailliencourt, Niels Trannois and Chris Succo as Restoration Hardware’s art initiative curated five solo exhibits at its six-story Chelsea gallery space.
Guests were captivated by Random International’s installation which turned gallery goers into previsionary subjects. In Audience (2008), viewers caught their reflection in a collection of mirrors while Temporary Printing Machine (2011) digitally captured individual faces onto a large-scale self portrait that slowly fades away.
“My inspiration comes from lots of places: music, movies, books, the normal stuff,” says Succo of his Beauty Knows No Pain series, which featured white lacquer and white oil paint on canvas. The Dusseldorf based artist looked to a Frank Zappa song in formulating a title. “It’s just a good one, no?”
Click on the gallery above to see photos from the exhibit’s opening night