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Fashion And Art Become One In Gallery 181’s New Exhibit

Jardin de Nuit at Gallery 181 reveals the ongoing and beautiful relationship between art and fashion.

Michael McCarthy | SanFran.com

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Unlikely duos in music—think Madonna and Missy Elliott, or, more recently, Taylor Swift and Bon Iver—are fairly common and deliver the fruit of extraordinary vision. But what about a superstar pairing in fashion and fine art? Well, it arrives in San Francisco this month in the form of KACE., a collaboration between fashion designer Naeem Khan and New York-based artist Stanley Casselman. The result is Jardin de Nuit at Gallery 181, which is located atop 181 Fremont, making it one of the highest art galleries in the world.

Noor of Jordan, Kate Middleton, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez, among others, and a great pop artist like Casselman actually make art? As Khan says, “It’s my hands, his eyes, his hands and my eyes.”

So, how does a fashion designer like Khan, whose couture has been worn by Michelle Obama, Queen Noor of Jordan, Kate Middleton, Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez, among others, and a great pop artist like Casselman actually make art? As Khan says, “It’s my hands, his eyes, his hands and my eyes.”

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Gallery 181, which is located in 181 Fremont (181fremont.com), is among the highest art galleries in the world—it hosts Jardin de Nuit this spring.
Painting of "Jardin Noir"
“Jardin Noir” showcases Naeem Khan and Stanley Casselman’s magical mixed media


The exhibit’s paintings feature flowers of various sizes—a commingling of sequins flawlessly sewn into a silkscreen backing—blooming in a range of hues that are poured and extruded through one side of a silkscreen canvas onto the other. Texture plays an integral role in each painting’s visual impact, as some areas of the canvas appear delicate and glossy and others take on a matte or fabriclike quality. Light dances off the sequins and draws a patron’s eye across the floral display; the work also reflects movement across the room. The give-and-take between patron and artwork is palpably alive, much like the interplay between Khan and Casselman.


Painting of "Perles de Jardin"
“Perles du Jardin.”

The overall impact produces more than a little magic, or, as Khan, says, “It’s a dance—it’s a ballet.” April 14-June 30, 181 Fremont St.