This Saturday, we enter the Iron Age. Hvnter Gvtherer's newest collection will be debuting Saturday, June 30th at 7:00 pm at Black Oak Tattoo. The show features a tour de force of live performance, readings and of course, a new collection of apparel and metalwork. Photos in this story are a sneak peek of the new Iron Age lookbook out June 30th.
“Iron Age is a two-year project in the making. It’s the most directly political collection I have,” says Laura Prieto-Velasco, owner/creator behind Hvnter Gvtherer.
Traditionally, this website features two-dimensional artists in the low-brow realm. But after learning the story behind Hvnter Gvtherer’s newest collection, we knew we wanted to feature them amongst our growing collection of dark artists.
“My husband and I have been trying to conceive for the past few years, last year I had a brutal miscarriage during the period when I was also conceptualizing the themes of Iron Age. I thought it was really fitting: themes of fertility and expectation (metaphorical as well having an idea and how to nourish it). That’s what held me up during that time I needed time and space to heal and not push myself further.”
Prieto-Velasco elaborates further into her haunting, horrific dreams that began informing her creation process.
“Prior to the miscarriage I had dreams that informed the spears. There was a party at my house and I went down to the basement to create something for them – something I commonly do when I need a moment to myself in a social situation. Instead, I found an overweight white male downstairs who was pleasuring himself by shoving a spear I had made up his ass for sexual pleasure. I was like what are you doing that’s my magickal spear! That day the school I work for was doing an iron pour. He (my husband who worked at the University) asked if I wanted to create a mold for this Iron Pour. So I decided to start making these spears that I dreamt of.”
The collection itself is comprised of a variety of media: Prieto-Velasco creates her first series of dresses and multi use garments, hats and headwear, steel masks, leather gloves with human hair extensions and simple nail necklaces. All of these items informed by the conceptual foundation of Iron Age.
“The political landscape is specifically related to Iron Age. One example is the trade tariffs and how they are going to put a 25% tariff on steel. Its wild! There’s so much happening that its’ contradicting itself politically. Reading the news is a constant guessing game of whether or not it’s fake science fiction or reality. Science fiction has been a way for us to understand our current reality.”
Hvnter Gvtherer began in 2012 as wearable art inspired by ancient Etruscan aesthetic minimalism, transcending the barriers of fine art and fashion.
“Once I started teaching I began questioning my relationships with galleries, and my wearable art pieces. Then, I discovered Instagram and the whole community on there and decided to give it a try and make wearable jewelry. I was really interested in freedom that a brand affords compared to creating under your own name: it allows you to conceptualize an idea in a larger framework. Art under an artist name is so limiting – I liked the anonymity that design affords.”
It’s always interesting how individuals both inside and outside of the community conceptualize Dark Art. We asked Prieto-Valesco how she perceives the phrase “dark art.”
“Dark art conjures up the occult and other ways of perceiving and interpreting the mysteries of the world. Just from my own personal hobbies and passions I think a lot about flamenco as an art form that was traditionally oppressed by the Spanish government. It wasn’t until later that (the government) realized they could make money on it by putting it on stage. Originally creating by the Romani people who were metal smiths and were accused of witchcraft.”
Iron Age premiers at 7 PM on Saturday, at Black Oak Tattoo Studio in Logan Square. We asked Hvnter Gvtherer what she hopes others take away from Iron Age.
“I want people to entertain the ideas I’m presenting and see how they resonate in their own lives, if they do, at all. If it’s pure entertainment: that’s okay too! Some of the pieces are going to be for sale, all of them are one-of-a-kind artistic garments. All entry fees are going towards the models.”
If you’re in the Chicago area, make sure Iron Age is on your list for this Saturday. For those of you who can’t make it, Hvnter Gvtherer has a variety of items available for presale, including new limited custom printed tees and bandanas:
Look Book credits
Photography: Mateo (@fotodemateo)
Styling: Laura Gordon (@logordon_)
Words: Leslie Gray (@ladyleslie)