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Rinse, Repeat: Richard Malone

Start Date 28 November 2018
End Date 03 February 2019
Venue NOW Gallery
Location London, U.K.
Curator Richard Malone and Jemima Burrill
View of the gallery. Geometrically patterned garments are hung by white rope in the centre of the gallery. Large projection screens of the clothes are on the left, near some bench-style stations with headphones.
 “I don’t think there is much to clothes, until people are in them.” 
Richard Malone

NOW Gallery is delighted to announce recently acclaimed fashion designer, Richard Malone, as its winter collaborator. Inspired by the constant fluidity of the changing landscape of Greenwich Peninsula – the newly evolving cultural hub of London – and the nearby cyclical motion of the River Thames, RINSE, REPEAT is an interactive multi-disciplinary installation made up of three elements, creating a conversation around fashion, movement and art.

Available for visitors to view for free from 28 November ’18 to 3 February ‘19, RINSE, REPEAT offers an insight into Malone’s processes and passions: resourcefulness, hyper-construction and atypical elegance. Celebrated for his detailed, sensitive study of the woman’s form and creation of a rare sustainable fashion practice, focal points include large soft hanging interactive sculptures and intimate vitrines that will display Richard Malone’s creative process of clothing design through toiles, samples, sketches, textures and video.

As part of the installation, a series of large moving images display performers repeating hypnotic movements designed to invite the public to examine the reality of making and building around the human form, creating a conversation that circles between the creator, performer and viewer and back again – the “rinse and repeat”.

Malone’s unique style takes great inspiration from sculpture. Nearly all of his research is conducted primarily by engaging in his surroundings, a similar technique that he has applied to the creation of RINSE, REPEAT. On the installation, Malone comments, “The future of London is uncertain, and slowly being built in front of us. The aim of this installation is to literally light up the Peninsula with a body of work that is human, joyful, bold, creative and inclusive, as well as forward looking. The exhibition will involve and confront viewers from outside in hypnotic and repetitive movements, as well as improvised, bold moments of motion that stem from the dialogue between maker and performer. A big aim of mine is to highlight Greenwich Peninsula’s ever-changing functionality and potential.”

Visitors to RINSE, REPEAT are invited to interact with all the elements within; discovering insider tips and techniques from Malone’s own sketchbooks; listening to transcripts of his private appointments to understand his applauded understanding of the female shape and the technical and architectural structure his clothing entails; as well as trying the clothes themselves. Hanging fabric structures offer the chance to literally ‘step into’ Malone’s designs to fully understand what constitutes each of his iconic pieces.

“There is a self-assured presence about Richard Malone’s work which lends itself to creating an exciting exhibition. This exhibition focuses on the endless moving, changing and reimagining of fashion; looking at process as well as the finished product. Richard Malone’s thoughtful insight into how people live and work ensures he designs for people to enjoy his garments. This exhibition will reflect this enjoyment, and his appealing vision to engage with people whilst forever experimenting. “ Jemima Burrill, NOW Gallery Curator