In and Out of Fashion - Viviane Sassen

Looking through new book of Viviane Sassen's and found some great campaigns...

This last one being my favourite. For Carven, Spring/Summer 2012.

A similar theme runs through this one, for Numero magazine June/July 2012:

Mario Testino...

A magazine in a language I don't understand, but I still need.


Melanie Einzig 9/11

Not photoshopped, not set-up, not an advert.. Taken by American wedding-photographer Melanie Einzig.


War Photography

Vo Anh Khanh, Vietnamese, b 1939

Danh San Huol, an ethnic Khmer guerrilla, being treated by a medical unit in a swamp, U Minh Forest, Cau Mau Peninsula, Vietnam, 1970

Seen in new book just delivered where I work, 'War/Photography - Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath'.

articles on Miami Basel and the state of the contemporary art market:
Why the Art World is so Loathsome - Slate.com
How Capitalism can save Art - Wall Street Journal



Jim Shaw

Current exhibition of this man's work at BALTIC, Newcastle, Jim Shaw is based in L.A., and is part of a ground-breaking group including Mike Kelley, John Miller and Tony Oursler that graduated from California Institute of the Arts in the late 1970s, Shaw has one of the most distinctive visual imaginations of his generation. The Rinse Cycle is the first ever full-scale survey of Shaw’s work internationally and will bring together more than one hundred paintings, sculptures, drawings and videos from the last twenty-five years.


Elizabeth Gossling (photo-etchings from recently graduated RCA MA printmaking) :
'The Finish Line from Colossa'

'Jacob's Ladder'


In the Mood for Love

Filmed in 2000, Hong Kong (but set in 1962). Director: Wong Kar-wai. It tells the bittersweet story of a man and a woman (played respectively by Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung) who are neighbors, and whose respective spouses have an affair with each other. While they find themselves increasingly attracted to each other, they refuse to give in to their feelings out of a sense of propriety.
We watched it during my Art Direction for Film short course.
Some screenshots:

Keith Haring & Grace Jones


William Klein, (+ Daido Moriyama) @ Tate Modern

Painted over contact sheet from his Vogue days
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Frieze. Anselm reyle

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Colloseum of the consumed.

Grizedale arts/ yangjiang group
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Mark grotjahn
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Jim Lambie, frieze art fair

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All you need in life

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Chantelle Dosser

Found this photographer on serlinassociates.com, and really love her work. Also that it's fashiony, but casual and snapshot-like. The kind of work I would love to produce myself if working in fashion, as it neatly toes the art-photography-line as well.
Dosser was born and raised in Cape Town, then moved to Paris after completing her photography studies.

Assistant photography-ing

Pics from soon to be published shoots for Sunday Times Style magazine, and Elle magazine, by Haifa Olsen. I was her 2nd assistant, and helped set up the lighting and the backdrops, as well as organising stuff in the studio.


Brixton, club 414..

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Maurizio Cattelan

Rose M and I went to Whitechapel Gallery (2nd time in a week for me, after the London Art Book Fair) to see Maurizio Cattelan's work.
Taxidermy being the new big thing... His piece Bidibidobidiboo recreates to scale the kitchen of the house Catellan grew up in, where he remembers being sung songs by family members (the title being a jumbled up song from Disney's Cinderella), and the character sitting down, darkly, has just shot himself.



Watching Super Troopers in Seven Sisters..
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20/21 British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, September 2012

I went and saw a fairly typical art fair. However some stand-out pieces were:

Rebecca Jewell, who is the artist in residence at the British Museum, prints her designs onto feathers - one of the first known artists to do so - and on sale at the art fair were her bird designs:

Next and my favourite of the two most memorable, Phil Shaw's digitally altered, colour-coordinated bookshelves that represent the various London tube lines, each title featuring the subsequent station:


1st of August

Kahewi - Criminal. via DesignerBaby


Photos of people on the tube:


How much the Mad Men characters would earn today...

An infographic by Carrington College CA Online shows the careers of the Mad Men characters if they worked in the modern world, and how the industry has changed since then. However comments below on the original page (via 'Designtaxi') hint at discrepancies in the College's estimations for the modern wages, saying most definitely a lot of the characters would earn more than predicted here.



Oyster - a film by Marie Schuller

OYSTER (Marie Schuller, Anita De Bauch, Vivienne Westwood, Dans La Vie) from Anita De Bauch on Vimeo.

"An outbreak of composed cool exhibitionism. The ratting of wheels, the hum of the night, the baring down of speed and implosion of shock, the raw explosion of nudity is a comfort on the Central Line.

"Directed by Marie Schuller, a London based filmmaker, Oyster is a raw and unhinged documentation of exhibitionism in the simplest form. Blatantly thrown in the British face of public transport, Anita de Bauch gets naked. Commissioned for London’s Fringe! Film Fest, iF showcases the edited version whilst the raw footage will premiere on April 15th during the festival in London.

"Marie Schuller, a London based director, is an internationally recognized director with film pieces screened at numerous film festivals including La Joalla, NYC Fashion Film Festival, and ASVOFF where she received the “Best Director of Fashion” award. For the past two years she has been working for SHOWstudio as Nick’s Knight’s fashion film editor as she continues to contribute as a filmmaker."

- imaginefashion.com


Word of the Day

Sprezzatura (Italian pronunciation: [sprettsa╦łtura]) is an Italian word originating from Baldassare Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier, where it is defined by the author as "a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it". It is the ability of the courtier to display "an easy facility in accomplishing difficult actions which hides the conscious effort that went into them". Sprezzatura has also been described "as a form of defensive irony: the ability to disguise what one really desires, feels, thinks, and means or intends behind a mask of apparent reticence and nonchalance".

The word has entered the English language; the Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "studied carelessness".

(cited from Wikipedia)


Chicken Town

Jack Royle - Chicken Town from LIKE-MYFLEX on Vimeo.

"A short film featuring Jack Royle. Massive thanks to Becky, Crispin, and http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifChris for their help on this. Directed, Filmed + Edited by Emily McDonald"

An interesting film by Jonathan Leder, seen on Hunger, Rankin's new magazine/website.


A photo for every day in 2011

Time Lighbox has given us (I think) the best of the 'Year in Photos' collections around. It is encyclopedic in scope, and includes plenty of incredible photography and jogs your memory of those events you may've possibly forgotten from all that time ago...


Photomontager: Toshiko Okanoue

Was looking at utopian and dystopian fantasies using collage on the Phaidon website.
This girl's were particularly interesting, more dystopian-y.. Born in 1928, grew up in Tokyo, she went to fashion school where she was introduced to a traditional Japanese collage style, and then to Max Ernst's collages. Then, in 1953, she held her own exhibition, which included 50 or so collages (below are a few off Google).
After marrying in 1957 her collage production ceased, and it was only until 2000, aged 72 that she held 'Okanoue Toshiko Photo Collage: Droplets of Dreams' at the Dai-Ichi Mutual Insurance South Gallery in Tokyo.