John Breed was born in 1969 and has been making art for more than twenty-five years now. Among his works is this art installation for the ones with “leg addiction“.
Netherlands-based artist John Breed installed this whimsical leg rainbow in conjunction with German shoe salon Breuninger. The piece features 145 multicolored female legs and feet with brightly colored shoes from the salon’s collections, on a wall of 9 x 3 meters inside the store’s wall in Stuttgart, Germany. Playfully bizarre, the rainbow-colored collection of heels represents the obsession that most women have with accessories.
Breed built the wall of legs in his studio, then transported it to the site for easy installation.
The artist’s other installation that features legs and women’s heels is all-gold piece titled Medusa’s Shoes. Placed closely together, the shoes collectively resemble the monster’s wild hair instead of separate parts.
After his adventurous travels, he comes back full of inspiration, craftsmanship, indigenous techniques and makes his own new artworks. He learned to draw calligraphy from a Japanese master in Kyoto, graffiti in New York, painted fresco’s in Rome, got in touch with icon painting in Russia and learned to paint traditional landscapes during his trip through China. Having traveled extensively around the world, he was able to acquire many techniques and expertise such as calligraphy, graffiti or murals.
In his artistic practice John Breed explores today’s capitalistic culture of excess, as well as its overwhelming tendency to decay and loss, and calls for a fresh start.
Through his installation and sculpture, artist looks over the complex relationship between art, life and death.
Breed lives and works in the Netherlands.