Calix Gustav Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming solo exhibition FLASH, taking place on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 through February 4, 2011. The exhibition's reception will take place at the gallery located in the Wynwood Arts District at 98 NW 29th Street, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m on Saturday, December 4, 2010.
Barbara Hulanicki began her career in the visual arts in the early 1960's working as a freelance fashion illustrator covering all the important fashion collections for the major publications of the day, including Women's Wear Daily, British Vogue, the Times, the Observer and the Sunday Times. Disillusioned by the rigid formal clothing she saw on the catwalks, in 1964 Barbara founded, with her late husband Stephen Fitz-Simon, the boutique BIBA, beginning as a small mail-order business featured in the fashion columns of the London daily newspapers. In the next stage of her rich and varied career, she arrived in Miami Beach in 1987, where she reinvented herself as a designer of interiors and exteriors, single-handedly preconceiving Miami Beach's then re-emerging Art Deco District.
Hulanicki's work in fashion and interior design goes beyond the call and response of street trends and style marketing. Never one to simply capitalize on the groundwork lay by others, her goal has always been to provide an alternative for her clients and fans. Though her work is firmly rooted in historical and global culture, she seeks to reinvent what is possible by pushing the envelope in unexpected and playful ways, always with surprising and effective result. With FLASH, she has freed herself of these limitations and allowed her imagination to run wild. Following the lead of her own interests, she has delved into what resonates for her on a visceral level to produce images of joy and mystery, magic and mortality in a fusion of references and style that are both immediate and eternal. FLASH, plays with images of youth and mortality, immediacy and history, referencing her early work and looking forward, beyond these early years of the new century to.