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14 Creatives Interpret Follies in Art

L'OFFICIEL asks 14 artists to consider the concept of folly-making in this original portfolio.
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A field: banana republics poetic in plutocracy and monopoly," 2020. An original composition of new collage sculptures on artificial banana tree forms, related to the body of work "A Field," presented at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University and curated by Amber Esseiva.

Portfolio curated by Kat Herriman

In L'OFFICIEL's Winter 2020 issue, architect Adam Charlap Hyman explores his personal fascination with folly-making as a form of art and escapism in the modern world. As he explains, on principle, follies toe the line between ordinary and other-worldly, transmitting the feeling that order and comfortability in the space is just out of reach. At several points in history, the follies of different artists were deemed perverse or deviant as they broke strict societal codes about structure and rationality. While Hyman was initially inspired by Emilio Terry and Alexandre Serebriakoff's work in the garden of the Château de Groussay, his passion has led him across Europe and America in search of new and exciting presentations of this architectual layout. In conjunction with his essay, L'OFFICIEL gathers the work of 14 contemporary artists who interpret the concept of folly-making.


Hernan Bas
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"Blind date at the Monster Park (Garden of Bomarzo)," 2020; Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.
Kern Samuel

“I was thinking of the folly as something simultaneously real and imaginary—something that is its own thing and a reference to something else.”

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"A hard head makes a soft ass," 2020.
Jorge Pardo
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“Cactus Garden,” Unrealized Public Project, 2015/2020.
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“Arc de Triomphe,” 2003/2020; Courtesy of the artist and Massimo De Carlo Gallery.
Andrea Zittel
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“Panels and Portals #2,” 2020; Courtesy of the artist and Sprüth Magers.
Cynthia Talmadge
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“Wishing Well,” 2020.
James Casebere

“These nine identical, asymmetrical, geometric pavilions are each placed on a different side and designed to be shown together in a commons; a campus courtyard, public garden, or square, etc., and in a variety of possible configurations. They would be 13.5’ x 7.5 x 10’ and made of cross laminated timber, enabling use and occupation for isolation, contemplation, or dialogue.”

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"Nine Pavilions," 2020; Courtesy of the artist. Assisted by Matthew Brennan.
Katharina Grosse 
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"Penelope's Hut," 2020; © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020.
Tatiana Trouvé
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"Untitled," 2020; © Tatiana Trouvé. Photo credit: Florian Kleinefenn. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian.
Erwin Wurm
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“Henry David Thoreau’s cabin,” 2020; Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.
Sterling Ruby

“This is a concept proposal to use one of the open outdoor structures at my studio as a temporary voting booth folly. When multiplied and stacked atop themselves, a fabric awning bearing the American flag is transformed from a shade shield into a privacy barrier, and a security camera becomes the all-seeing eye.”

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"Studio Folly," 2020; © Sterling Ruby. Courtesy of Gagosian.
Matthew Day Jackson
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"Untitled," 2020.
Camille Henrot
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Untitled,” 2013; Courtesy of the artist.

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