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Even this cursory glance at Kent’s work reveals why Ramsay-Levi and Rogers would be so drawn to it. Her messages about hope, community, and human rights are newly relevant today, and we can only imagine what kind of work she would create in 2020, faced with a pandemic, a climate crisis, social uprising, and a contentious election. For those of us feeling particularly anxious about it all, her 1977 piece “Out of the Q Notorious RBG shirt also I will do this Darkness” might strike a chord: Against bright slashes of cobalt and violet, Kent’s scribbled handwriting reads: “out of the darkness/of one moment/grows the light/of another moment/perhaps in some distant time/if not in the next moment/love the darkness.” housands of miles from Paris in his Soho studio, Christopher John Rogers was also studying Kent’s work. He was more drawn to her art of the 1970s, when her colors and shapes took on a softer, more abstract feel. In a release, Rogers called it “a reactionary swirl of profound, colorful, and childlike graphics informed by the socio-political movements of her time,” which he translated into vivid color-blocked knits and trippy pattern-clash gowns. He also noted that Kent’s modest way of dressing loosely informed his covered-up, voluminous silhouettes.
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