Fashion week is almost here and for some people that means models on the runway, but for other people that means models in the bedroom. Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Mick Jagger, Mickey Rourke, and Madonna have all been there. It seems models just can’t resist. In fashion, film and finance it’s par for the course. New York-based artist Skye Nicolas has a knack for taking the ironic and the ridiculous and mixing it with the pure, distilled fuel of gossip (sometimes about himself) and notions of celebrity (sometimes his own), and turns it into socially poignant pieces of art. Nicolas’ new series, fittingly called M*DEL F*CKR, which includes 90′s style logo tees and beanies, is a tongue-in-cheek ode to those who partake in certain dalliances with the aforementioned genetically gifted. Even Nicolas himself has been caught in the rumor mill with his own trysts caught on a webcam at The Mark Hotel in New York leaving some to call him a M*DEL F*CKR. Transforming the colloquial term into a recognizable logo graphic playfully de-stigmatizes its instinctively incendiary context and replacing it with affectionate banter intended to praise, becoming the ultimate compliment promising unabated adulation. It’s no surprise that a handful of top agency girls have already gotten hold of the merchandise, and have been spotted at New York Fashion Week castings wearing M*DEL F*CKR tees and beanies. Head over to Induced Nostalgia and get yourself a logo tee for $30 bucks (same price for beanies). The tees are truly authentic in their 90′s style cut and Loosey-Goosey Sizing™, uniquely coined by the artist. Grab one now for Fashion Week before they’re gone forever! See more photographs after the jump. [CLICK HERE...]
Adarsha Benjamin on Market Street in San Francisco. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Skater Braydon Szafranski and model Chelsea Schuchman star in Maison Kitsuné’s Spring-Summer 2013 collection that includes their collaboration with Oliver Peoples for a new range of sunglasses. Shot at the Chateau Marmont hotel, in Los Angeles by Brad Elterman with art direction by André Saraiva. See more photographs after the jump. [CLICK HERE...]
Central to Doug Aitken’s “100 YRS” exhibition is a new Sonic Fountain, in which water drips from 5 rods suspended from the ceiling, falling into a concrete crater dug out of the gallery floor. The flow of water itself is controlled so as to create specific rhythmic patterns that will morph, collapse and overlap in shifting combinations of speed and volume, lending the physical phenomenon the variable symphonic structure of song. The water itself appears milky white, as if imbued and chemically altered by its aural properties, a basic substance turned supernatural. The amplified sound of droplets conjures the arrhythmia of breathing, and along with the pool’s primordial glow, the fountain creates its own sonic system of tracking time. Doug Aitken 100 YRS will be on view until March 23, 2013 at 303 Gallery, 547 W 21st Street, New York, NY. See video after the jump. [CLICK HERE]
Chinese artist dissident Ai Weiwei poses with a gas mask in protest of the bad air quality in Beijing. photograph Ai Weiwei
Presented in association with LRG, art duo Dabs Myla ready their All Good Things… exhibition at Metro Gallery in Melbourne. Known for their colorful abstractions that are fully realized with help and cooperation from both artists, the show promises to feature numerous new paintings, drawings and an on-site installation that will surely encapsulate the whimsy often associated with their work. All Good Things… will be on view until February 9, 2013 at Metro Gallery, 1214 High Street, Armadale, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
For her first solo exhibition in New York City, Judi Rosen challenges the usual expectation of objectified female sexuality by creating a sexual tableau of women and the clowns they love. Inspired by Giallo films and midcentury Modern Finnish arts and crafts, Rosen utilizes her affection for the fiber arts to combine machismo, feminism and clowns on printed and quilted muslin cotton and raw silk stretched on canvas. Blow by Blow will be on view until February 6, 2013, at Fuse Gallery, 93 2nd Ave, New York City.
This exhibition focuses on the series of photos Elles se Rendent Pas Compte with its eclectic, kinetic/motorized, self created machines – alongside another series of works which goes by the title of Objects. The artist’s sculptures imitate, in a tactile way, specific intimate interpersonal interactions such as beating, caressing, congratulating and other activities that need two people or the above-mentioned kind of machine to be enacted. Armand Yerly Elles se Rendent Pas Compte and Objects will be on view until March 9, 2013 at the new Hauser Gallery, Pflanzschulstrasse 17, CH-8004 Zürich