Tales of the Unexpected is perhaps a fitting title for an exhibition, which at a lazy glance, looks not dissimilar to an Ann Summers window display.
But alas, these colourful bunnies arrive through Alice’s metaphorical looking glass, rather than the beside table; forming part of the stunning exhibition from Ludvig Lofgren opening today.
Lofgren is a Swedish ‘glass star’ designer for glass manufacturer Kosta Boda, for which all the works in the show are created.
His creations quickly do away with the delicate reputation of the material, taking his inspiration from ‘rock and roll, horror and the tattoo parlour.’
Instead of dainty fairies and what-not, Lofgren uses blown crystal to create endearingly ominous gorillas, ravens and skulls. The ‘candy rabbits’ are inspired by the film version of Alice in Wonderland.
Lofgren says, ‘Candy Rabbits are so colourful and cute that you practically want to eat them.’
He adds, ʻI want to convey the feeling that they seem both sugary sweet and slightly scary at the same time. A nice fairy tale that can just as easily go off the rails and turn into a pure horror story.ʼ
Tales of the Unexpected opens from 6 April – 21 May at Vessel Gallery, 114 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2PW