Drawing on diverse cultural backgrounds, Vietnamese American landscape artist Andy Cao and French landscape artist Xavier Perrot create hybrid environments - a blend of art and landscape to make a place for dreaming.
Themes of migration, diaspora, and cultural assimilation are an important subtext in their work, whose east-meets-west sensibility is guided by intuition and emotions. They draw from memories, fashion, photography, poetry, and art to craft incidental landscapes, fusing dreams and reality.
cao | perrot studio is collaborative in nature. Each of their projects is a hand-made work of love. The quest to experiment with new ideas takes them to exotic locales where they recontextualize everyday materials (fishing lines, cut crystals, recycled glass, mother-of-pearl, wire mesh), often collaborating with local artisans. These journeys , become a form of reverse pedagogy. This formless-based design lies at the heart of Cao and Perrot’s creative process, where serendipity, imagination and beauty coexist through Incidental Place Making.
Through observation and unlearning, they weave a personal narrative into dreamlike environments that defy specific meaning yet invite the viewer into a contemplative world of color and sensuality. Revealing “imperfection” as beauty marks gives their work a spontaneous, artisanal feel.
The projects - both temporary and permanent - cut across commercial, artistic and residential boundaries. Cao and Perrot work in diverse scales, and feel as comfortable designing the new 600 acre Guangming Central Park (Shenzhen, China) to an intimate courtyard installation for the fashion house Kenzo headquarters in Paris, France.