We well know that Viviane Sassen is one of those names that’s big in the contemporary fashion photography field and there’s no doubt that this success is not just because. Her style is categorically inspiring; it clashes with everything we’ve seen before up ’till now. For her, fashion is like a theme park with whom she’s always had a love/hate relationship, a free fall to experimentation.
Analemma: Fashion Photography 1992 – 2012 is Sassen’s first exhibition in London, where we can see her more as a contemporary artist than a photographer. We highlight her colour palettes, incredibly combined, but giving the impression as if they were accidental. She does magic with compositions, her shapes are sculptoric and models are key though they are represented in an unusual way and their faces are not the protagonists. Undoubtedly, Sassen breaks barriers when talking about fashion, adding up her painting and composition talents. If you really want to witness something amazing and you’re in the UK capital city, the exhibition will be at the Photographer’s Gallery of London ’till the 18th of January, 2015. Live art.
Do you know that moment when your breakfast toast slips off your hands and, while you’re watching it go down, you still doubt whether it will fall on the butter side and cause a big drama or not? That moment when you still feel some hope that your day will not open like a total disaster? That little heart attack?
That anticipation sigh, the tension moment, is something Jacob Reischel know well. These two multidisciplinary Industrial Designers based in Berlin create scenes in which the watchers can grasp there’s something missing, some information about what’s happened or what’s going to happen. You can not know how did they get to that image, but you can feel there’s a process and an outcome. Minimalism and amazing graphic power, Jacob Reischel’s toast always falls on the bread side.
It might be the country with more super mortiferous animals on Earth, the whole centre part might be like the Moon. Yes, there are snakes with more poison than every teenager called Tiffany in every North-American high school and it’s not really a handy place to get to from, let’s say, humanity. But I’ve really thought about moving to Australia. Like, tomorrow. A country as efficient as Switzerland but full of surfers? Where do I need to sign?
The thing is that, apart from sporty guys designed by Michelangelo, they’ve got plenty of creative talent in Australia. Anna Pogossova, photographer and illustrator, could be a perfect example for this. She’s been already doing what years later became so fashionable; those plastic, pastel, surrealistic and nearly edible still lifes. Living in Sydney, her work is linked to the world of Fashion and she’s worked with magazines like Vogue, ELLE, Catalogue and Grazia amongst others. Her amazing eye for creation it’s enough to make us look at the antipodes.
34 years have already gone by since Italian designer Ettore Sottsass met his mates and, after having some limoncellos, ended up putting up the pillars of what the Memphis group was going to be; that Industrial Designers collective that didn’t care about functionality or visual harmony at all. What they were looking for was pure kitsch, colour explosions and shapes a go-go. These were the features on every furniture piece by the post-modern group, whose creations were always in between the Bauhaus style and Fisher-Price toys.
A lot has happenend since and everybody thought that the style that was the big thing of the 80s was already forgotten. Luckily though, there are artists like Peter Judson, who revives through his graphic design the relaxed formalism of the Memphis group. In his illustrations we can check how this English artist uses the pastel shades and the shapes the collective created and gives them an added value drawing perspectives that would make Escher totally crazy. From La Monda we congratulate every intent that means bringing Memphis creations to life again and it seems we’re not the only ones, becasue Judson’s work has already been featured by Esquire and in American Apparel campaigns. Since our budget will not allow us to decorate our studio with Sottsass and his friend’s furniture, we will think about doing it with Judson’s posters.
Joe Sinness draws wonderful, bright and vibrating still lifes in pencil; they’re not erotic, though they do trigger our imagination. He combines in his images items found in second hand shops, flowers and jewels to create images build with amazing detail.
This artist from Minnesota creates the still life in reality to be able to take pictures and draw it with his Prismacolor pencils; in addition to the fact that his industrious technique and the results leave us in an awe, Sinness goes beyond including a deep meaning. You know we love everything deep. The American artist does not choose random products, but he’s interested in using objects that reflect society, consumerism and, in special, the will to be rich and famous. “I am interested in how objects and people seeking fame become consumable products, a paradox that sees their artistic endeavors pursuing immortality become disposable and commodified”, he says. Sinnes vibrates and slaps us and our ocasional triviality in the face.
After many identity issues (we remind you that she was before called “Tamara”, later she preferred to be referred as “Ambar” and, far from being satisfied, she nicknamed herself “Tamambar”), super respected Yurena‘s philosophy and festive-epileptic know-how are reaffirmed with her new video for “Around the World”. Spot on name, to be honest, because the girl is already more famous in China than in her own country, Spain. Sounds like a joke, we know that, but this bizarre singer has got loads of followers in the counterfeit country and wants, once more, to leave them in an awe with her beauty and her just not right wigs. We’re sure the she doesn’t copy, that her song is so very original like her, and that she’s natural as life is. Press play and puke rainbows again and again.
Can someone film videos for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift or Lana del Rey and stay sane? Can you imagine how editing that must be? All those three voices in rewind the whole time? Is there any chance of salvation after those commissions? Yoan Lemoine, also known as Woodkid, shows there actually is.
Last week the band Black Atlass released their new video for the song “Jewels”, directed by Mr. Lemoine. How polifacetic Yoan is, who’s also famous for his own music project, is enough for an standing ovation; simetries, impossible shapes, organic textures, all vibrating, all down to the beat. Audiovisual display in constant movement and dark shades, Baroque aesthetics and helmet-like necklaces that seem to bark with the song. Woodkid has got another jewel.