As soon as the Pullman Hotels “Our World = Your Playground" artist-in-residency programme came to a close, Wallpaper* started work on an exhibition of work generated by Louisa Gagliardi during her week-long stay.
After posting a call out to artists back in our July issue, Wallpaper* invited a judging panel that included fashion illustrator Howard Tangye and curator Joe Scotland, director of Studio Voltaire, to examine the hundreds of entries we received. In August 2015, Zurich-based illustrator Louisa Gagliardi was chosen as our winner, then ensconced in a penthouse suite at the Pullman London St Pancras for a full week and encouraged to use the hotel as her playground.
In that week, Gagliardi generated a collection of pop art works inspired by the environment, interior, furniture and objects observed during her time spent in the hotel, including room keys, dining tables, lobsters, mini shampoos, tiny sewing kits, Q-tips packets, hand soap, slippers, bathrobes, and room service trays. She then enlisted the help of the Wallpaper* team to blow them up on very large scale prints to be exhibited in a gallery space at the Pullman St Pancras.
Guests at the exhibition preview included Tangye, Scotland and Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers. Wallpaper* Bespoke editor Simon Mills offered a short history of artist-in-residency programmes and conducted interviews with the judges and Gagliardi, who had flown in from Zurich especially for the event. “The entire series of images culminates as a catalogue in the form of a visual guide,” says Gagliardi. “The artist’s exploration and experience during the residency becomes an exploration and experience for visitors and guests.”