Last weekend, in the context of Parcours Modo, Harlan Levey Projects opened their brand new showroom with a banging show by Abner Preis. The Superhero Project by Abner is a true love child. Dressed up as a superhero Abner goes to different cities around the world and starts interacting with people on the street, triggering their imagination by asking about their superpowers.
Together with Harlan Levey Projects Abner got invited to present The Superhero Project during Brussels’ premier fashion event: Parcours Modo. Brussels’ Designers’ Trail is a celebration of fashion in all its most creative eccentricity. For three days, the city’s shop windows and secret spaces are handed over to creative talents young and old. Models strut along an improvised catwalk behind the glass windows of a furniture store after dark, art installations allow established fashion designers to show a different side to their vision. One of those eccentricities was Abner’s show. The 700 visitors were as much impressed as they were bedazzled about this odd one out. At the end of the night, Abner did a second performance where he gathered the last 30 people in the gallery, put some superhero theme tunes on his mini boom box and passed out chalk, encouraging them to be peaceful vandals and draw a massive heart attack up and down the fashion quarter.
The result of the Brussels edition were beautiful photographs, two video installations, an interview, and some well known -and loved- drawings by Abner, including matching sculptures and stories. With this exhibition and especially with the photographs Abner went way out of his comfort zone to present something close to his heart. The result is a beautiful journey. The exhibition is still for some more weeks.