Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It's a delicious article and he conjures up comparisons between Dior and Kapoor, Sander and Serra, Hepworth and Chanel and Margiela and Picasso. This is a taster:
"Gareth Pugh's new collection, for instance, goes in for the un-normal. Think of artifice based on nature, of leaf forms, body armour, segmentation, breastplates - a carapace for the body - or a creature emerging from a chrysalis.
What is it that Boccioni does with his sculpture in London's Tate Modern, "Unique Forms of Continuity in Space", or Jacob Epstein does with "Rock Drill", at New York's MOMA (both made in 1913)? Man as machine, man moving through space - as if when an artist conceptualises human movement, he comes up with a form that looks a bit machine-like.
The pleasure of Gareth Pugh's outfits is different in that he's ironic where modernists in the 20th century were sincere; they were influenced by the threat to nature of new industrial forms, but Pugh seems more influenced by the movies, by the sub or superhumans in "Edward Scissorhands" or "Alien". Those films draw attention to the body's dynamism and power in a twisted way, and so does he, but in a more exquisite, crafted way".
It's a must read.
(Pictured: Jacob Epstein "Rock Drill" 1913 and Gareth Pugh - Autumn/Winter 2008)
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
First the Venice Biennale, now the QUT Student Guild and none of the art world cogniscenti are safe. The Histrionics (hailing from Melbourne) do their thing in Pollock-style suiting and with an acid tongue. Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ricky Swallow, Julian Schnabel and Richard Serra are all lampooned by this outfit. The crowd was a mix of art world types (Andrew Wilson, Amelia Gundelach and Robert Leonard) and pashing, pool playing students. Danius Kesminas works his overhead projector to the max, providing lyrics for all to witness. There was partial nudity, motorcycle cop sunglasses, cowboy boots, faux guitar smashing and the crowd was intermittently harassed by Kesminas.
All the art scathe and faux rock star antics aside, The Histrionics sure know how to rock out.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Written by Chuck Palahnink [Fight Club], it is sure to have the same level of social commentary and bleakness.
I’m not sure about you, but any film with key words such as: chapel, pantyhose, colonialism, loneliness, sex standing up and absurdism and starring Sam Rockwell is a must see. Starts 30 October 2008.
Venue: London’s Design Museum
Dates: 21 January – 17 May 2009
This “designer” in the truest sense of the word is being lauded in what should be a must do destination for anyone serious about "fashion meets design". In his 15 year career, Chalayan has collaborated across disciplines with musicians, anthropologists, industrial designers, DNA experts, jewellers and textile designers.
He once buried several of his designs in his back garden and then later dug them up to see what effect the earth and minerals had had on them. We can only be in awe of his authenticity of practice.
Checking flights now.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The recent news of James Gleeson's death brought his work back to our conciousness. It made me think of the recent Ksubi collection (modelled by a "pared back" Abbey Lee). Who said art and fashion are not sometime lovers.
Lina Bo Bardi would have to be on any staunch modernist's list.
Bo Bardi was born in Rome, Italy, on 5 December, 1914. She graduated from the Architecture College of Rome University and, after having begun her professional life, she moved to Milan where she started to work in the office of Giò Ponti.
Bo Bardi’s most recognisable construction, the "Glass House" was concluded in 1951. Built on a 7000 m2 piece of land, it was the first residence in the Morumbi neighborhood. It was gradually surrounded by species of the Atlantic Forest and its garden is, nowadays, a preserved sample of the old Brazilian Forest with rare plants.
Poignantly, she died in her own "glass house".