As Halloween approaches, so does the second edition of the Veuve Clicquot Widow Series. Curated this year by FKA Twigs, the project celebrates the brand’s creative ethos, as well as the figure of Madame Clicquot herself. The renewed widow died exactly 150 years ago, marking this edition of the Widow Series as a very special one. Many of Madame’s defining attributes as a figure of female strength are reflected in FKA Twigs’ immersive creation for the brand: an incredible combination of set design, theatre, costume and dance, titled ROOMS.
The set of twelve room installations follows the journey of Diamas, in search of her spiritual zodiac home and are individually curated by a group of twelve artists: Gary Card, Isamaya Ffrench and David White, to name a few.
We spoke with Gary Card right before the private view opening of ROOMS to find out more about the project and his contributions to it.
Who is Gary Card?
Gary card is a set designer, illustrator and professional hypochondriac.
How did your career as a set designer start?
My friend Matt Irwin kind of discovered me. We worked at the Central Saint Martins Student Union together, he made a magazine called Less Common and he got me to make stuff for his shoots and do funny illustrations for it. When he moved to Dazed he took me with him. He was wonderful to me. He is very much missed.
Tell us more about your contribution to the Veuve Clicquot Widow Series.
Storage spaces, construction sites and artists studios. For me, these are mysterious places, filled with limitless creative potential. Places in constant transition and evolution. Places to explore and get lost in. With this as my starting point I have created a installation that envelopes the viewer, shifting and changing with every point of view. A space with overlapping canvases, strange structures and unfinished sculptures.
What influences you generically speaking and where do you enjoy looking for inspiration?
All the obvious things: art, sculpture, architecture. Really though, I’m a massive nerd. So much of my inspiration comes from sci-fi and comics. I’m a thirty-five year old man child. I have no intention of growing up.
What’s the dream for the future?
My dream is for my sculpture career to really take. My first official sculpture show is in January . I’m very excited to reveal what I’ve been working on for the last six months.
Veuve Clicquot Widow Series, ROOMS by FKA Twigs opens to the public on the 27th & 28th October 2016.
Find out more about Gary Card’s work here.