Wednesday, 18 May 2016

JUDY BLAME: NEVER AGAIN AT ICA

Image © William Baker, 2010

Opening next month at the ICA is British accessory designer, art director and stylist Judy Blame’s first-ever solo show. Beginning his career in the 1980s as a member of the late photographer Ray Petri’s working group, Buffalo Boys, Blame later went on to contribute to i-D magazine and as an image-consultant for Boy George, Neneh Cherry and Björk.
He also collaborated as a creative consultant for fashion houses including John Galliano for Christian Dior and Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons.

The exhibition will trace his rebellious DIY aesthetic from the punk movement of the 70s and 80s club scene through to his contemporary work, and will also be accompanied by a limited edition zine compiled by Blame. 

Judy Blame: Never Again runs from 29 Jun 2016 – 4 Sep 2016, for more info head HERE.

 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

WE CAN'T DO THIS ALONE: JEFFERSON HACK THE SYSTEM

All Images © Rizzoli

Jefferson Hack has released a new book about creativity, collaboration and the future of publishing, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Dazed & Confused - one of the first magazines he founded in 1991 with photographer Rankin
We Can’t Do This Alone: Jefferson Hack The System, features interviews and contributions from Bjork, Tilda Swinton, Douglas Coupland and Ai Wei Wei among others, alongside a look at Dazed, Nowness and AnOther’s many collaborations with artists, designers and musicians over the years.

Designed and edited by New York-based art director Ferdinando Verderi, each 300-page copy is
 unique with a numbered cover (in a 5000 print run), made up of archive images from spreads printed using a Kodak inkjet printer. Creating a distinct aesthetic of bold type, quieter serifs and a rigid structure in spreads (each features two sidebars, a wide gutter break and a side note from Hack introducing the project), chapters are introduced by a series of statements or questions, which Verderi says aim to “break up” the archival content).
“The book’s main design feature is its rhythm, the flow of which is intentionally interrupted by dissonant sections and elements,” he says. “[It] is built in a perfectly symmetrical way from front to end, with the original content at its extremes and the archival content at its centre, providing a sense of circularity.”

Described as “a journey into underground culture”, the book is more of a manifesto than a retrospective, fusing a mix of old and new material, paying homage to inspiring cultural figures from previous issues of Dazed and AnOther over the years, and also the pioneers of media and art who have sought to challenge the status quo.






Images Above © Corinne Day / Rizzoli. Day once lived in a flat above Dazed’s offices on Brewer Street. “She taught me a lot about photography,” says Hack

In his foreword for the book, Hack writes: “The independent way is a way of keeping the magic alive…. As soon as publishing becomes solely in the aid of commerce and power, then its creativity and decision-making becomes about the formulas of success and not invention. The process becomes a means to an end.”

We Can’t Do This Alone: Jefferson Hack The System is published by Rizzoli today, priced at £50. Dazed will also be hosting events in various cities to promote the book’s launch – the first, at Parisian concept store Colette, takes place tonight. An exhibition of artwork from the book will be on show at the store for the rest of this month, and art-focused fashion label Each x Other has also produced a run of t-shirts featuring Verderi’s typographic designs including, “A Cultural Resistance Movement” and “If You Can’t Afford It, Steal It”, priced from €155 - €255. See the collection below and to shop the tees, head HERE.




Images © Chad Moore. NY, May 2016
 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

JACQUEMUS: "LE NEZ ROUGE"


LA CHEMISE PETIT JEAN

Jacquemus has unveiled imagery for his new online shop story featuring the Spring / Summer 2016 collection entitled "Le Nez Rouge" (The Red Nose) - a name which referenced how he has previously been blighted by personal difficulties including an illness which left him with a red nose.
LA ROBE CLOWN
LE LOOK BLANC
ALL IMAGES © JACQUEMUS

The shots feature his young cousin (who also appeared in the SS16 PFW show, dressed in a white shirt too large for him, pushing a giant ball of red fabric), and horses - also seen in the same show where the designer himself, dressed all in white, led a white horse across the stage.
The block colours and deconstructed shapes were all pure Jacquemus, but there was a slight diversion from the usual playfulness of his signature recurrent childhood theme, this time a subtle injection of darkness to the fresh youthful aesthetic - experimenting with a more serious undertone - his rich imagination and precise vision taking us all on a journey exploring the delights and miseries of growing up.


Shop the collection HERE.




 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

JAMIE HAWKESWORTH: A SHORT, PLEASURABLE JOURNEY


There's still time if you're shooting across the pond any day now to check out one of my favourite photographers, Jamie Hawkesworth’s very first exhibition at the Red Hook Labs in Brooklyn. 
Entitled “A Short, Pleasurable Journey: 51 Photographs by Jamie Hawkesworth”, the exhibition features a selection of his images from the last five years taken everywhere from Brighton, Whitby and Memphis to Preston Bus Station - "The most important thing is that it feels personal and authentic, to feel like me. It’s a short journey, literally, as I’ve been doing this for five years,” says Hawkesworth.

Alongside the photographs you can also see two short films - running until April 24th, go now! More info HERE.

Images © Jamie Hawkesworth

 

JEAN-PAUL GOUDE: SO FAR SO GOUDE EXHIBITION

Blue-black in Black on Brown, New York, 1981


Jean-Paul Goude, the man who shot Naomi Campbell riding an elephant and a crocodile, 

Kim Kardashian balancing a champagne glass on her bottom, and Grace Jones in various poses - the singer and performer was his muse and former girlfriend - has now opened his exhibition “So Far So Goude” at Milan’s PAC museum. 

Creating some of the past few decades most visually arresting images, Goude's iconic archive is a sexually-charged and surrealist mix of cult imagery - the exhibition, hosted by Tod's, focuses on the women who have inspired him from the “minets” of the ’60s to the New York of Warhol and cultural hybrids to Grace Jones
“We looked back in time and we tried to determine the roots of my work,” he told WWD. “This clearly indicates my preferences.”

"So Far, So Goude’ runs at Milan’s PAC Museum until 19 June.

 

WOLFGANG TILLMANS AT TATE MODERN

Love (Hands in Air) (1989) by Wolfgang Tillmans

Photographer and artist, Wolfgang Tillmans, is to stage a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Tate Modern in February 2017.

With his saturated snapshots and lo-fi aesthetic, Tillmans work over the past 14 years has predominantly focused on his engagement with political issues, from climate change and gay rights to the refugee crisis.
The exhibition at Tate will begin from his archive back in 2003 (the last time he exhibited there, just three years after he won the Turner Prize), and feature his photography, video, publication, curatorial projects and work in music - Tillmans first grew to appreciate photography via the pictures on record sleeves, and also installed a listening room with a hi-fi and a selection of CDs, at his Berlin gallery Between Bridges in 2014 - his vision was to offer an open space for dialogue and elevate pop music to the same status as fine art.

The exhibition at Tate will also include a ten day takeover of the South Tank in the new Switch House. For more info head HERE.


 

GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY AW16



Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy has unveiled his AW16 lookbook, which features his signature post-soviet inspired streetwear aesthetic - self-photographed, it's a fusion of 90s subcultural looks tracing the vibes of skinheads, skaters and punks - along with his Save and Survive themed collection which debuted at Paris Men’s Fashion Week back in January.


Along with the look book comes a new film which documents the build-up to the show - both visuals come post-Rubchinskiy’s release of his book, Youth Hotel, and the announcement earlier this month, that he would be presenting his SS17 collection at Florence’s biannual menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in June.









 

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