Friday, September 25, 2009

not just for halloween anymore…

Check out the latest issue of Vogue Homme Japan, Volume 3, to catch the creations of our featured gallery artist, Shin Murayama. Murayama’s masks are transforming in the most titillating way. Without covering the entirety of the face, and always leaving the eyes on display, Murayama’s masks rearrange facial structures and expressions while still leaving the wearer recognizable.

Two of Murayama’s masks are featured in Vogue Homme Japan, one which will be sold in the IDLM Gallery. The branch mask is featured in ‘Bondage Warriors,’ shot by Steven Klein and styled by
Nicola Formichetti.

The smiling tooth mask, shot by Jeremy Kost and styled by Shun Watanabe, will be for sale in the IDLM Gallery.

Oscar Wilde once said, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Maybe the best way to uncover someone is to recreate half of their face. Kost’s polaroid shots are exploitative of the realness aspect of the masks. His face may be covered, but don’t his eyes still pierce right through you?

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Deciding between the Met and La Esquina? Decisions no more, since artists Lisa Sigal and Paul Ramirez Jones have created an unlikely but winning combination of art and free tacos in their new collaboration Specials.

In a collaboration that makes you wonder why hasn’t anyone done this sooner, they’ve created a new exhibit called Specials that combines free food with art gallery.

Their mobile art exhibit is a two-sided 10 x 4 foot wall. One side displays the work of various artists, while the other side serves complimentary homemade tacos. Each time this exhibit is presented, they change the artists and the type of tacos, as an homage to the idea of ‘daily specials.’ Their mission statement is to “evolve following a desire to go beyond tired dichotomies of inside/outside, art audience/non art audience, viewer versus participant. It is not This or That; it is This and That.” This Thursday, the tacos will be squash, mushroom and homemade hot sauce, and the artists will be those who participated in the 1993 Whitney Biennial. See you there!

Thursday October 1, 4:00 - 8:00 PM

On the
High Line in the 14th Street Passage (between 13th and 14th Streets)

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

pleet tv

Check out this public-access style clip by Samantha Pleet and We Make It Good; it's a video lookbook for Pleet's Fall collection, featuring music by Chairlift and appearances by model Coco Young, artist Dan Estabrook, photographer Jacqueline Di Milia, friends Carlen Altman and Peggy Wang (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), Heather d'Angelo (Au Revoir Simone), and others, if you can catch them. Between the tap-dancing, champagne and off-kilter antics, look out for pieces from Pleet's new line available now in the I Dont Like Mondays Store!