November 10th – December 29, 2012


Continuing his investigation into Custom Culture and its relationship to art, community, and self-fashioning, Galerie Henrik Springmann is pleased to present Chicago based artist Dzine.

For his first major solo exhibition in Germany, the gallery will present his wildly successful project, Imperial Nail Salon. Beginning on November 10th, the gallery will be transformed into an environmental sculpture featuring paintings, custom jewelry and furnishings. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a pop-up nail salon shop within the gallery space. Part sculpture, part performance, the nail salon will offer free nail designs to visitors opening night featuring a special pop up nail salon project with Sophy Robson (London) and Monika Zbijowska (Poland). These specially invited nail artists from diverse cultural backgrounds will collaborate with the artist and apply their unique style of designs on visitor’s fingers.

A series of paintings layered and encrusted with assemblage costume jewelry, resin and decorative embellishments and pearlized automotive paint will be exhibited alongside specially created neon signage as a play on the concept of the underground nail salon boutique. Also on display within the context of the exhibition will be an array of flamboyant, wearable nail sculptures. Like Claes Oldenburg’s 1961 store, Imperial Nail Salon reveals the intersection of art and commerce. It is a new body of work that is part of the artist’s personal history, which has led him on path of inquiry, questioning how culture and commodity plays into human, social and objectified relationships.


The child of first generation Puerto Rican immigrants, Dzine fondly recalls the bootleg salon his mother set up in his childhood home and the sense of community it created. It is this environment––the nexus of Nail Art Culture––that inspired Dzine to tell a story that was honest, while staying true to his studio practice. Previously installed and exhibited at Salon 94 and the New Museum in New York, the exhibition, Imperial Nail Salon produced wonderful results with critical reaction along with several of the works being acquired by the likes American collectors John and Amy Phelan.


Following the success Imperial Nail Salon, The artist then released NAILED: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine published by Standard Press, the publishing imprint of The Standard and co-published with Damiani Editore, distributed by D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers). Nailed, a 232–page hardcover book, recounts the history of nail adornment and documents contemporary nail art around the world, including the artist’s own creations with an introduction by Paper Magazine co-founder Kim Hastreiter and contributions by artists Luis Gispert, Yonehara Yasuma, Mickalene Thomas, Jamel Shabazz and Fab 5 Freddy. Specially commissioned photographers captured nail artists, clientele, and salon owners in their respective cities, culminating with images by Kai Regan of Dzine’s wearable sculptural nails. 


For the release of NAILED. The artist produced a site specific installation during Art Basel Miami Beach. A replica of the artist childhood home from 1976, the installation served  as a home nail salon and site-specific installation that includes references to the artist’s childhood home and surroundings, containing personal artifacts and a specially commissioned video installation. As the New York Times described it: “The sight of a fastidious Tilda Swinton showing off a baroque finger corsage and coordinating nails in a setting straight out of ‘That ’70s Show’ was jarring — indeed, one of the crazier visions unveiled at Art Basel Miami Beach last week.”







10.11.2012 - 29.12.2012