Monday, November 30, 2009

theo adams: cry out

“in the spotlight, your tears glow like glitter”

Theo Adams, a wunderkind director, performer, and visionary, has created a ground-breaking new kind of theatrical production with his Theo Adams Company. Their ambitious project combines queer cabaret, classical music, power ballads, and expressionist dance that promises to be a mesmerizing, mind-blowing experience. In a time when it seems like everything has been done over and over again, it’s refreshing to find someone who can think and create in such radically different terms.

The world premiere of ‘Cry Out’ will be Monday, November 30th in Tokyo, and it will be performed around the world throughout 2010. In each different city, they plan to collaborate with local performing artists to craft an inimitable presentation every time.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

art barter

Sunday is the last day of Art Barter London, an exhibition curated by Lauren Jones and Alix Janta, in hopes to deconstruct the hype, pretence and terrifying prices often associated with big art names, and which can often taint the appreciation of the art itself. At this show, money is useless. Buyers have to barter for art – making offers of whatever they want, based purely on the works’ aesthetic value, as buyers will have no idea who created each piece until after the show ends and their offers are in.

Artists selling their art through this bartering system include well-known names such as Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Mat Collishaw, Gary Hume, Abigail Lane, Polly Morgan, Boo Saville, Abigail Fallis and Paul Fryer.

Barter Fair on Sunday will feature young designers, ceramists, and jewelry designers. Barter on site -- bring items to exchange!

Art Barter London
The Rag Factory

16-18 Heneage Street


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Friday, November 20, 2009

camille vivier

Jenny Hanivers look like devils, angels and dragons and may have started the legends of Mermaids.

Fashion photographer Camille Vivier’s work lays out a curious narrative of different women in stark scenes like the editorial sets she’s shot for Purple and Dazed and Confused. Set to heady rock music, it almost reminds us of the Virgin Suicides. The girls encounter the abrasions of Mother Nature and in the end are defined in sailor terminology.

See more work from Vivier at her website, and look out for her upcoming commercial for Maison Martin Margiela’s 2010 fragrance.

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little dragon

Little Dragon’s songs are not what comes to mind when you think of Swedish electronic music—the Gothenburg quartet’s bass and percussion sound more like smooth jazz at times than say, The Knife, but record scratches and samples remind us we are dealing with some modern electronic masters, soaked in low-key cool. (They have collaborated with fellow Swedes and electro-jazz duo Koop, after all).

These high school friends turned electro-band are touring North America this month before heading back to Europe in early December. Catch them in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge tomorrow night, Saturday November 21, 2009.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

allison schulnik

Allison Schulnik is one of those artists who sees the world through a different set of lenses, and knows how to channel it effectively so we can all get in on the experience. She has a knack for bringing out the grittier and lesser-known side to everyday objects. In her series of paintings, she creates many images of clowns using a gruesome and fantastical vision that is reminiscent of Francis Bacon. Schulnik takes ceramic cat figurines – usually reserved for crazy ladies' mantelpieces – and drips them in glitter and gloom until it looks like they’ve been out raving all night.

"Hobo Clown" directed by Allison Schulnik, 2008

Grizzly Bear, "Ready, Able" directed by Allison Schulnik, 2009

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...and in the end we are just dust n bones

She loved him yesterday
Yesterday's over
I said okay
That's all right
Time moves on
That's the way

~guns and roses

see the dust n bones dress in black or gray marl

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Friday, November 13, 2009

these are the days

It’s no secret that punk rock is largely misunderstood in modern times. Everyone seems to focus on the moshing, the thrashing, the substance abuse, and they miss what it was that really used to hold punk rock together: the idea of close, familial bonds. Whether it was between the band members themselves or between the fans, or in the community as a whole, the punk scene is really close-knit and more caring than their gravity-defying hairstyles let on.

Matt Stokes, a British artist inspired by punk rock subcultures, capitalized on this untapped idea in his film installation, 'These Are the Days.' Though on a national scale punk rock has largely ceased to exist in its rawest form, the true anti-establishment music still thrives in local scenes.

Stokes bases his project on the music scene in Austin, Texas, and the relationship between old and new punk communities. His project consists of two films: the first focuses on event footage from a show, enabling the viewer to see both the band performing and the way the audience responds to that performance, and in the second film, he closes in on the band members’ reaction to the audience’s response. Stokes’ focal point is the relationship between performance and reaction – between band member and audience member. His execution of this idea is flawless in many ways, one of them being that the response of a crowd is all that many punk bands are playing for, which is such a refreshing and radically different goal than many of today’s bands, whose intentions are largely profit or fame. Stokes’ inspiring installation really proves that the glory days for music are not over; under the radar, the camaraderie of music still exists.

Matt Stokes: these are the days
Now thru December 19, 2009
516 West 20th Street
New York City
Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

kleid im kontext

Natalia Solo-Matine, Genève

Kleid im Kontext, meaning Clothing in Context, is a newly opened exhibit that explores just that. It examines the evolution of clothes in our society compared to our lifestyles, habits, bodies, and needs. Through scenic installations and film sequences that interact and contrast with the garments, fashion is dissected in its many forms, from everyday-wear to the artistic expressions of conceptual design. Kleid im Context is ultimately showcasing fashion as changeable and changing. Thus, the 30 Swiss designers who have created pieces for the exhibit have designed a welcome collection of garments that transcend seasonal rhythms and conventional rules. There are many events and tours guided by the curators and designers of the exhibit throughout the exhibit's run. For a full schedule, see the Gewerbemuseum site.

Kleid im Kontext
November 1, 2009 - May 2, 2010
Gewerbemuseum Winterthur
Kirchplatz 14
CH-8400 Winterthur

Tran Hin Phu, Zürich

Natalia Solo-Matine, Genève

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