The Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., and IA&A at Hillyer are pleased to present Emilio Cavallini’s first solo show in Washington DC, "Objectual Abstractions", an exhibit that spans over three decades of his career, featuring twenty art pieces.
Emilio Cavallini is a renowned artist and designer. Through the years, his innovative style led him to collaborate with Mary Quant, Dior, Céline, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Gucci and celebrities like Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga were very supportive of his work. While he gained notoriety as a designer, Cavallini started to create artworks to fulfill his own personal interest. In 2010, he decided to devote himself exclusively to art and share his talent with the public.
For his artistic endeavors, Emilio uses unconventional materials borrowed from the fashion world: nylon yarns, printed fabrics, his own tights, and yarn's reels. His artistic research is based on geometry and mathematics: dots, lines, squares, triangles, circles arranged in a 3D environment. Everything seamlessly inspired to combinatorial principles, growth algorithms and the most recent mathematical-geometrical theories.
Objectual Abstractions will be shown in two locations in Washington D.C, between May 4th and May 27, 2018. The Italian Cultural Institute will feature three large wall sculptures from the artist's series inspired to 16th century Italian painter Pontormo and the exhibit at IA&A at Hillyer will be a retrospective featuring twenty of his works, including his best-known series Attuale-Infinito, Biforcazioni, Frattali and Diagrammi.