TOILETPAPER is incredible. But PARALLEL MADNESS isn’t entirely sure what it is. Which might be the point. The work is better experienced than described.
What’s known, is that TOILETPAPER is the brainchild of Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari. Brought to life by note-perfect Art Direction from Micol Talso, they conspire to produce immaculately framed and lit, surreal, satirical imagery, bursting with colour and comprising the highest quality from every department. High brow and low brow, depraved and sensual, TOILETPAPER is the perfect answer to the usually constipated imagination of the art world.
Foremost, they produce a bi-annual pictorial magazine.
Last year, they also produced 1968: Radical Italian Design – a book of photographs for which they were given the keys to Dakis Joannou‘s epic collection of furniture from the Italian Radical Design period in the late 1960s – 1970s.
And earlier this year, their images helped herald in a bold reinvention of The New York Times Magazine.
Not just that. They make calendars, tea-pots, clothes, furniture and all sorts of unnecessary but tempting objects to blow your money on – which you can buy for predictably extortionate prices at the TOILETPAPER SHOP. Some unlikely items are actually affordable. Avoid getting soaked (in style) with this umbrella for €30.
Other savvy collaborations include designer Yohji Yamamoto – creator of the snazzy Adidas Y-3 line.
Maurizio Catalan also has an Artsy page – a source with his bio, 30 of his works, exclusive articles and up-to-date exhibition listings. To give you a further sense of TOILETPAPER’s sensibilities, here’s a Spotify playlist for your delectation.