Artist Cerith Wyn Evans for Marc Jacobs
VANESSA LONG models for a special collection by GERONIMO for DNA. More photos coming soon. Photography by Oliver Maxwell Kupper.
[Excerpt] An Interview with Bruce LaBruce
Bruce LaBruce is a filmmaker, an artist, and a pornographer, and underneath the blood soaked sheets and layers of half rotting flesh of the undead he is one of the greatest auteurs and romantics of the last few decades. I was able to ask Bruce a few questions and we talked about important topics such as his childhood in rural Canada, the alternative gay movement, sex in art, and a few of his current and upcoming projects, including his film L.A. Zombie Hardcore, a documentary on the artist himself entitled The Advocate for Fagdom by French filmmaker Angelique Bosio, and a short film involving two female to male transexuals which will premier at the Berlin Porn Festival this October.
You wrote a memoir called the reluctant pornographer – what does pornography mean to you? Well, lately I’ve been saying, which has sort of gotten me in trouble, because lately I’ve been calling myself a pornographer and saying I express solidarity with pornographers – that all pornography is art, really, because its a form of creative expression, its the mediation of reality, its made by people who use the tools of cinema, or making art, so why shouldn’t it be considered art as well? There’s good art and there’s bad art and there’s good pornography and there’s bad pornography, but its all sort of an artistic expression as far as I’m concerned.
How important is sexuality in art or expressing sexuality through art? For me personally, sex has always been an engine behind my work, both in terms of representing and in terms of making it, on a personal level, but I think the sexual and the creative drives are very much linked, but on the other hand I know people who are relatively, or fairly, or completely a-sexual who have very strong artistic drives, so I don’t think that’s necessarily the case for everyone. Certainly with the gay movement was always based on that kind of sexual engine as well, which for me is yet another reason why, for me, the assimilation movement, which tends to be more domesticated and kind of based on ideals of monogamy borrowed from straight culture – it kind of dissipates the energy of the gay movement in my opinion. Yeah, sex is so ubiquitous in pop culture and advertising that its kind of hard to ignore it as an artist.
Do you think its more ubiquitous now than it has been? Well, I think that whats been happening in the last ten to fifteen years is that violence supplanted sex as the main driving force of popular fetish and popular advertising and certainly the media news sells violence and death in a very titillating kind of sexualized way – which is kind of creepy.
Full article and interview coming soon…..
Text by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre
Corey Parks of Stand & Deliver
The beautiful and sartorially talented COREY PARKS, designer of the amazing new line STAND & DELIVER, standing next to some of her pieces at her atelier in LOS ANGELES. Photography by OLIVER MAXWELL KUPPER
LOS ANGELES - SHARKY wearing a STAND & DELIVER denim vest. Photography by OLIVER MAXWELL KUPPER
[Behind the Scenes] Amanda Zackem Shooting for Autre
The incredibly talented photographer AMANDA ZACKEM in New York shooting for AUTRE. Photo by ADOLFO DORING.
[PHOTO DIARY] Postcard from Padova
“Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?” — E.H.
We have finished filming and now holiday has officially begun … I’ve been laying by the pool revisiting The Old Man and the Sea, as the drum of essential relaxation kicks, cloaked in reverberation. In two daisies we will drive south to the heal, where the land smells of mafioso. Photo and text by Dustin Lynn who is in Italy shooting another short fashion film for Corto Moltedo.
A SHOE IS BORN – GUIDI EXHIBITION
Guidi’s shoe collection is among the most coveted in the world. Tracing their origin back to the 14th century guilds of tanners and master shoemakers of Tuscany, Guidi’s shoes are the product of wisdom, tradition, and proprietary processing techniques. The ultimate result is the perfect shoe: a relic of an age which predates the paradigm of mass production and will likely outlast it. The Guidi Exhibition – “a visual journey through the handcrafted stages in the production of 988 guidi shoes,” will be on view through at various galleries, boutiques, and ateliers throughout the year. The next stop will be the boutique Chegini, Wien in Vienna from September 1 to October 1.
Chasing Shadows by Santu Mofokeng
They are strewn like litter across the floor in my office. Others are kept in cabinets, and a few are in frames. Whatever lies, deceptions or promises brought them into being, I wonder. I am referring to the products of my gaze, refracted and reflecting, somewhat muted, not unlike light dancing on the surface of the dirty puddle that is my memory: Images of people in moments of contemplation, performance, confrontation and perhaps celebration. My exploration and participation in the fictions we call relationship and community. And of environments, real and imagined. Insignificant experiences, selected and isolated from tedium, moments reduced to mere appearances, simply as surfaces reflecting light, arrested and stored in the long memory of film. A brooding corpus of so many episodes remembered and forgotten. (Read More…)
[Soundtrack to Your Life] This Mortal Coil ‘Kangaroo’
This Mortal Coil ‘Kangaroo’