DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM is pleased to announce the first solo show in Berlin of Thomas Liu Le Lann, opening on the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin, April 29–May 2, 2021. Titled Milo, the exhibition consists of multi-material fabric paintings, sculptural installations, poetic texts, and a new series of sculptural and figurative forms termed Soft Heroes that aim to disturb and liberate perspectives on social normative ideologies through a pronounced yet “soft” attitude of ambivalence.
“Milo” is the name of a boy Thomas met in Vienna and fell in love with. At the time, he promised him to call his next exhibition Milo, and that’s the show that is opening today.
In this show, there are fifteen new pieces. Seven of them form a round: Milo and friends. Thomas has a sense of community. It is a farandole of tricycles that the ordeal of confinement has not allowed to be patched up. No matter, the basis of his work is collaborative and he has given them to a bike specialist to repair. These tricycles are ridden by seven queerdos, Pee-wee Hermans trained in a round, ready to cross the country on three wheels for a vanilla milkshake or a bubble-tea. If motorsports, sliding or speed sports suffer from a testosterone footprint, his tricycles would be their campy counterparts, props for little Ponies, fashion-sports equipment for those from Faggotland. They are topped by soft, faded figures, e-boys reading Dazed and Confused, listening to Hannah Diamond and mixing tartan, rainbow gaiters, shiny coverings. They are Milo’s friends, little Monsters from Vienna that wear make-up that’s gone bad. They are dressed with T-shirts with the initials PMS standing for Premenstrual Syndrome realized by the artist Marlie Mul. It is haunted-couture. Their feet are blistered from drinking tea and eating gelatin. They are flabby, shabby. More like Lynda Benglis sculpture-larvae than Robert Morris macho-rugged devices. They are humans-velocipedes escaped from a provincial Pride, led by Thomas Liu Le Lann under the influence of fairies and Minnie-mousses from Claes Oldenburg.