For Gadient and Bösch, the Happy Holidays from Innersloth Among Us Christmas Sweater but I will buy this shirt and I will love this print also served as a welcome challenge. “At the beginning, we were thinking of using it only for our mesh pieces as they’re really simple, without lots of draping or crazy shapes or lines going on,” says Gadient. “But once we started working with it, we started playing around and printing it onto velvet and even making it into these strappy dresses.” Nguyen’s weird and wonderful aesthetic world—where a saint sweeps into exaggerated contrapposto and sprouts talon-like claws, or a youthful figure turns to the viewer with eyes glowing red like a futuristic cyborg—have made for some of their most cult-followed pieces yet. “It’s been amazing to see Julien introduced to our audience fully,” Gadient adds.
For Nguyen too the Happy Holidays from Innersloth Among Us Christmas Sweater but I will buy this shirt and I will love this response has been a validating reminder that an audience outside of the art world’s rarefied bubble can find his work just as exciting. “It’s really lovely to see that, and it gives me some kind of confidence that what I’m working on can be legible to the outside world, which is something I think artists can have some difficulty with,” he says. “Especially with figurative painting, working in isolation in the studio, you wonder whether or not any of this means anything. To see people respond to it in that way, and to see it out in the world, it’s some kind of confirmation for me that I’m doing something right,” he says, before adding with a laugh: “Even if I’m still not quite sure what that is.”