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    John Armleder
    Johan Creten
    Hans Op de Beeck
    Blair Thurman
    Olivier Mosset
    Sylvie Fleury
    Sylvie Fleury
    Gerold Miller
    Wolfram Ullrich

    John Armleder, LOASACEAE, 2021

    Limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist John Armleder

    John Armleder’s work is filled with references that elude the modernist vernacular as well as any form of classification. For this belt, he drew inspiration from his “supermarket of shapes” and brought into life a visual identity that he had deeply rooted in his mind and memory. Throughout his forty-five-year career, he has produced pieces that could be seen as supremacist paintings, minimalist sculptures, high-design furnishings or any other easily categorized objects. As he explored various genres, he simultaneously tackled social economic and aesthetic issues. John decided to use the brain shape as it’s a complex form, which once drawn doesn’t express anything; it could refer to a walnut or make one think of an abstract drawing.


    Throughout his playful compositions, the objects that are presented are often completely dissociated from any formal artistic concerns. He purposefully blurs the traditional lines between support and surface, subject and object, and high and low art. He also challenges the traditional pattern in which the viewer comes as a spectator of modern or contemporary art to admire and experience the piece in a set atmosphere for its display.


    John Armleder (b. 1948) is a Swiss contemporary artist known for his work in the wake of Fluxus artists and John Cage. Armleder’s work spans different mediums, ranging from painting and sculpture to design, performance and installation. His artwork is a mix of influences from different artistic movements, among them Suprematism, Minimalism and Neo-Dada. Armleder often examines the context in which art is shown and considers exhibitions as an independent medium. He found his own creative vocabulary by blending abstraction with “sculptural furniture”.

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    The Project

    Leather goods company J.Hopenstand is dressed up in joyful colours for the launch of Project A which enables artists to collaborate with the brand by revisiting its flagship product, the reversible belt. The letter A was chosen as a name for this first exclusive project as the letter begins the alphabet and is also an ode linking Art and Artisan.

    The great-grandchildren of the Parisian leather craftsman, Jacques Hopenstand, decided to offer their belts as a support of expression to contemporary artist they admire. The artists are given carte blanche to create the buckle that is then edited in 20 pieces.

    United by a shared sense of detail, the artists chosen for this project put their own unique design into practice, using materials so special that the Maison had to find more highly qualified French and Swiss craftsmen. The creators were able to successfully complete the project by choosing, much like the stele of a statue, the leather which would best highlight their buckle; grained, smooth, nubuck and exotic leathers were selected. A box also created by the artists encloses and protects the artistic object.

    These exceptional pieces are exhibited in different Art fairs and private and extend and strengthen the range of reversible belts and other leather accessories. A is also about what lies Ahead, a future in which craft and passion can intertwine. The historic legacy, however, remains present, as Art and Artisan craftsmanship share an etymology and above all a common element of expertise, technique, and quality.


    Johan Creten, DIE SONNE DIE SUNDE, 2021

    Limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Johan Creten

    Johan Creten has been an influential figure in altering the perception of ceramics within the sphere of contemporary art. The Flemish sculptor is one of the pioneers of the revival of this material in contemporary art. His goal is to express a wide range of ideas with this material in order to trigger political and social thoughts through his work that remains deeply rooted in everyday life.


    Burdening his works with blemishes, Creten faces the inevitable with honesty. But he also produces monumental sculptures in bronze; their size and material strength are as overwhelming as the intrusive intimacy of his smallest ceramic gestures. Once installed, these objects – displayed on plinths or mounted on walls – are meant to be observed from specific vantage points that force viewers to slow down and engage with the piece of art.


    With Johan Creten, there are not seven sins anymore, but an infinite and unlimited number of them. Creten’s sculptures have nothing to do with moral or sanction, guillotine or censorship; they rather speak of sins, of life that merge desire and pain, hope and misery, luxury and anger, love and death, Eros and Thanatos.


    Johan Creten (born in 1963) has been working on the move for twenty-five years, from Mexico to Rome, from Miami to Amsterdam, and most recently in Paris. He started working with clay in the late 1980s, when the material was still seen as taboo in contemporary art. Yet clay represents Mother Earth, connecting the sacred to the profane. Creten is one of the earliest clay advocates in contemporary art. And he is considered, alongside Thomas Schütte and Lucio Fontana, to be a pioneer in the revival of modern ceramics, which continues to influence the next generation of artists.

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    Hans Op de Beeck, PROUST, 2021

    Limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Hans Op de Beeck

    Hans Op de Beeck is known for his lifelike sculpted figures and immersive monochrome environments made from materials such as coated wood, polyester and pigmented plaster. Those carefully selected materials transform his sculptures and installations made in a uniform shade of grey, and they make the audience feel like the colour has absorbed the world around them.


    His work, infused with a tragicomic consciousness of the fatality of life, brings his audience into a timeless universe at the crossroads between dreams and contemplative silences. Op de Beeck draws his inspiration from one of his art pieces that reflects his childhood: Blackberries.


    Blackberries are traditionnaly associated with loss, sorrow and guilt; but the fruit provides a more positive personal reading for the artist. Blackberries bring on pure nostalgia that draws the artist back to his youth's hot summers and his parental home's stonewalled yard. Just like Proust's madeleine crystallizes the theory of memory, he refers to the fruit as a symbolic item which consumption opens the door onto his memorabilia of the past.


    Brussels-based artist Hans Op de Beeck (b. 1969) works to explore and revisit conventional historical art notions, such as panoramas, landscapes, and the German Romantic notions of melancholy as well as the sublime. Op de Beeck's sculptures, sketches, paintings and films often correspond to a simulacrum or to highly atmospheric architectural spaces. The tension between artificial and actual is the subject of these empty and anonymous spaces and his tension asks universal questions about the essence of the artistic process as well as the artist's status as an illusionary craftsman.

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    Blair Thurman, SAND-CAST, PRE-CAST, 2020

    Limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Blair Thurman

    For his partnership with J.Hopenstand, Blair Thurman drew his inspiration from one of his art pieces Bacardi Circuit (2018). He transposed it changing scales, material and textures, that still represents his artistic world. The American artist whose work is considered to be at the crossroads of Pop Art, geometrical abstraction, Americana art, and childhood memories, introduces a creation with specific references that should be understood by the people who are going to wear it.


    The eye is invited on this circuit that has neither beginning nor end; the gaze glides on the inside of the buckle, the pattern of which makes us think of a spider web. In American pop culture, this reminds us of a famous superhero. The presence of a hoop around it also reminds us of the dreamcatchers made by the Navajo people. This reference to Indian American people is made stronger by Thurman’s choice of material: turquoise and silver, which were often found in their traditional jewels.


    Blair Thurman is well-known for his post-minimalist paintings, his neon lights and murals. His work explores the history of painting and its status in our contemporary society buried under the power of media. At the crossroads of Pop Art, geometrical abstraction, Americana art, and a few children toys, Blair Thurman works, with these forms, at creating environments and independent pieces that could change today’s advertising means of communication into abstract poetic creations.

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    Olivier Mosset, CBB, 2019

    Four limited edition of 5 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Olivier Mosset

    With «CBB», Olivier Mosset invites J.Hopenstand to follow him in his considerations on changing colour. Mosset is known for his monochromes and his search for a self-referent paint. Through this partnership, the artist presents a buckle with iridescent colours and fleeting reflections. The piece of art comes to live through the moving eye of the spectator. Olivier Mosset highlights the range of colours that the eye can see through his reference to Harley Davidson, its bikers, codes and aesthetics.


    There are four different buckles, all made with an industrial coating known as the chameleon lacquer. There are different shades to the colours as they change depending on the light and reflections, from green to pink, and from pink to golden. There, the monochrome meets its own limits as this metallic painting reveals the facing pigments, the iridescent colours and light, resembling a beetle or a chameleon.


    Olivier Mosset was born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland and lives in Tuscon, Arizona. He has always worked around the problematics of signature, appropriation and repetition. His productions reject all search for meaning, such as his multifaceted monochromes or his abstract geometrical pieces. He started his career around 1965 as Jean Tinguely’s and Daniel Spoerri’s assistant. In 1966, with Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni, he founded the artists group BMPT.

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    Sylvie Fleury, EYE SHADOWS, 2018

    Limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Sylvie Fleury, each comes with 4 eyeshadows

    In "Eye Shadows", Fleury's use of form, structure, and colour reflects rules and principles used in Minimalism and Pop Art movement while turning the make-up compact into an iconographic and cultural motif. The Swiss artist offers the wearer the possibility to play with a palette of interchangeable eyeshadows. The wearer is then invited to elect the colour that will reveal his outfit as if he chose the eyeshadow that will intensify his blue, green or hazel eyes.


    To recall the texture and glittering of Fleury’s oversized make-up compacts’, we dress the “Eye Shadows” black buckle with hand-lacquered discs made out of pigments and metallic flakes. An approach that has a lot of similarities with car paint in terms of how it can be matte or shiny and that echoes Fleury’s artistic sensibility.


    Sylvie Fleury was born in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1961 and still works there. Broken makeup boxes, gigantic lipsticks, shopping bags turned into sculptures, Mondrian paintings made of fake fur… Since the 90’s Sylvie Fleury has used luxury goods to criticize the mechanisms of our consumerist society, art and fashion. With her various works of all kinds, she tackles very different questions from merchandising to gender, and violence to contemporary mysticism.

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    Sylvie Fleury, , 2016

    Two limited editions of 10 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Sylvie Fleury

    They cannot be touched or seen ... They are 7 ... like the 7 music notes, the 7 colors of the spectrum, the 7 planets, the 7 days of the week. Spiritual centres, chakras rule our intellectual and impulsive qualities and contribute to our wellbeing.


    What could be more inspiring than using invisible energies from the human body to create a work of art that you can wear? Sylvie Fleury did it, by choosing the sacred chakra named Svâdhistâna.
    The sacred chakra, second of the seven main chakras, is also called place of gentleness, and is found at the belt level, where our emotions and creativity are located. Naturally related to physical wellbeing and the pleasure of life, this chakra is a combination of a six-petal lotus and a crescent moon.


    The artist composed two versions of the lotus flower that can be either black, or orange and midnight blue. With a pink-gold and yellow-gold finishing touch, the buckle is then adorned with different lacquers, using a sparkling one for the center.


    Sylvie Fleury was born in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1961 and still works there. Broken makeup boxes, gigantic lipsticks, shopping bags turned into sculptures, Mondrian paintings made of fake fur… Since the 90’s Sylvie Fleury has used luxury goods to criticize the mechanisms of our consumerist society, art and fashion. With her various works of all kinds, she tackles very different questions from merchandising to gender, and violence to contemporary mysticism.

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    Gerold Miller, MONOFORM, 2015

    Three limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Gerold Miller

    For J.Hopenstand, the Berlin-born artist Gerold Miller was inspired by a recent series of works entitled "Monoform" : two angular parts of lacquered aluminium which seek to limit the space belonging solely, according to its creator, to the viewer's imagination. This is how the J.Hopenstand/Gerold Miller belts were born, and they bear a lacquered aluminium buckle available in three series. The pieces christened "Monoform Bleu", "Monoform Rouge", and "Monoform Noir" contrast with the black, blue, and red leathers, respectively.


    Gerold Miller is born in Altshausen (Germany) in 1961 and works in Berlin. Miller works on the borderline between sculpture, relief, painting and installation. His works are experimental designs that argue with the minimal (form as constellation) and achieve the maximum (space as picture). Definitively freed of its limited function, the border between a pictorial and a environmental zone disappears in favor of a coalition between the center and the periphery, the inside and the outside. Therefore, the empty frame becomes an autonomous composition.

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    Wolfram Ullrich, PRO, 2015

    Limited edition of 20 pieces numbered and signed by the artist Wolfram Ullrich

    For those familiar with his work, it is no surprise to see that the German artist Wolfram Ullrich has been inspired by his geometric abstract art for his collaboration with J.Hopenstand. Sharp angles and clearly defined forms dominate his enigmatic cubic polygons. It was, more specifically, polyhedrons, geometric forms with flat surfaces, which inspired the artist to create the buckle entitled 'PRO'. Polished, satin, and sand-blasted finishes, as well as the various hues of grey, provide this work, which will adorn reversible ebony black leather, with the illusion of perspective and depth.


    Wolfram Ullrich is born in 1961 in Würzburg (Germany) and works in Stuttgart. Ullrich occupies a specific position in contemporary art. Combining tradition and innovation, he creates works whose formal vocabulary comes from the geometric abstract art, especially constructivism. Since 2000-2001 , Ullrich works from polyhedra. The flat part of these geometric shapes is often colored whereas the edges reveal steel. Moreover the separation of the different parts of the polygon intensifies the effect of perspective. Ullrich invites us to go beyond the illusion of the first glance in order to appreciate these hybrid forms as such. Playing with lines, materials, colors and perspective, Ullrich remains faithful to the tradition of concrete art without succumbing to its conventions.

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    The Project


    The Collection

    John Armleder
    Johan Creten
    Hans Op de Beeck
    Blair Thurman
    Olivier Mosset
    Sylvie Fleury
    Sylvie Fleury
    Gerold Miller
    Wolfram Ullrich