Back To The Top. While looking thru inspiring photos from 2011 I came across one too personal to include in any batch not necessarily because of the photo but more because of the man in it. Lucky Number 13 goes to my Homie, Gabriele Pivotristeza. I snapped this image one day during Gabriele and I’s rendez vous at ‘Ricky’s House’ to try on the Power Outage aka RTWLR collection. It was minutes at Givenchy and then drinks at the Hotel Ritz, where our sneakers were tolerated “just this once”, to talk with friends and discuss a job then Ciao until later with Dre. I look back on 2011 with mad gratitude and love for him and Adrian and I look forward to 2012 and even further forward to a time when we reunite with our Fallen Soldiers, individuals that make the Next Level a beautiful place to be. Baby Girl, please, look after him. R.I.P. Gabriele and Thank You for making 2011 Lovely.
I was going thru my screen saver rotation to choose my top ten favorite images that I’ve come across this past year and a couple of comrades had images which were very difficult to choose between. 20!! was indeed a very inspirational year so I decided to make it a D!RTY D0ZEN…
12. I don’t know where ‘Kamato’ found this image of our Man TYGA but I’m guessing Cappello, Maggie, or Richardson. XUse the lack of photo credit but if anyone knows, get at us. Young Money’s PYT will put you thru it this year. Next stop, the vault on 26th. Keep your eyes peeled for SB6.
11. Brother Fixx Invictus handling his business. Check out his ad on Craigslist.
10. Chris Brown by Chris Brown
9. Big Brother Ron Athey by Rosalie Knox
8. If you’ve lived to experience Steven Klein and gunplay twice in a lifetime you’re a lucky man. Arena Homme Plus
7. Baby Brother Ashland Mines by Ryan Trecartin in W…speedometer
6. Brother Jared Buckheister by Danko Steiner in Visionaire 60 by Riccardo Tisci
5. Wolfgang Tillmans from Arena Homme Plus
4. Steven Klein’s original “Head In a Box” is one of my all time favorite fashion images and I was so happy to see it reincarnated this year (this time sans Helmut)
3. Ryan McGinley from Life Adjustment Center which I apparently caught onto a few months late when I went to Dashwood to pick up a book that Martina Hoogland Ivanow left because I was regretably out of town during her launch.*
2. The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black by Bijoux Altamirano
1. Ryan McGinley from The Life Adjustment Center
*Congratulations to Martina. She will, this year, be ‘launching’ what will one day be a very evolved individual (or two) <3
Wednesday I broke from a booked work schedule and ran to Trocadero with Bimbo and Panchita to an already heated entranceway to Dries Van Noten’s spring summer 2012 defilé where we were exposed to a photographic onslaught and an over zealous French woman (presumably some aspca secret agent) who felt it necessary to express how detestable it is to expose the canines to such a potentially dangerous level of audible damage.
Upon further insistence, it was, in fact, security that determined the dogs would be left behind if I were to find myself seated amongst Catherine Baba and Anna Wintour.
The dogs waited at the door as a lesson in exposure unfolded from Dries to a soothing ambient remix of the KLF’s justified and ancient. Dries’s latent fascination with colonialist truths is, no doubt, a powerful motivation which is frequently and sublimely delivered with a technique that comfortably figures into his entire picture as a romanticized subscript. This time around, he not only found a way of seamlessly folding in his recent symbolism, such as military detailing combined with soft full forms reminiscent of African dress, he also mirrored his clear and circular creative clarity with a barely propelled telling of day to night. Safe to say, on this day, Dries was bi coastin’.
The runway, this time, was cleared and barren and taken down to a simplistic black and white providing a spare backdrop for a pictorial telling dwelling literally in the photographic realm and subliminally in the topographical. The images collaged onto the collection recalled rain forests and contractual/constitutional script which slipped into mid afternoon refractions of green ocean tops. The message was exacted as smoothly as an exhale around the cocktail hour when the dresses, remaining in shape, similar to the day looks, assumed new purpose in black. This propulsion was exacted with images of lit bridges. This message came very personal for me, someone who frequently journeys across the bridge from Brooklyn to Manhattan for darker pursuits. Finally, the function of the photo montage flipped the collection, as if thru a filter, upon passage into a hilarious whisper on a dress which depicted “Circus Circus”. Furthermore, the evening wear finale was punctuated with rainbow crystal embellishment. It all passed masterfully without once freezing a frame. This is the magic that makes the name Dries Van Noten still, with all its infamy, tragically under rated still. Yet, it is no wonder that such refrain and irony shall remain its most valid just barely within reach of the radar.
Whether teasing the throngs on the wrongs of world history using beautiful imaginings of what the Banana Republic aesthetic gone by could have been, as a distant star in the night, or in between as an infra red visions of the evening horizon line at sea it is clear to see the strength of Dries that travels, without pause, in the sublime.
Backstage photos: Schohaja Staffler
Street photo: Zana Bayne
GLORIA HOLE is a group exhibition curated by Richard Munson featuring the work of Math Bass, Cass BIrd, Lizzi Bougatsos, Eve Fowler, Erika Keck, Julia Kent, Terence Koh, Natalya Laskis, Liza Lou, Gloria Maximo, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Olympia Scarry, Aurel Schmidt, Odile Bernard Schroder, Cindy Sherman, Astrid Mery Sinivassin and Agathe Snow. THE FIREPLACE PROJECT is a contemporary art gallery/project in East Hampton located in the former Talmage garage at 851 Springs Fireplace Road, in the Springs historic district across from the Pollock-Krasner House.
A few words from Richard Munson, the curator of the exhibition: “Being an Amateur botanist, I have penetrated some avenues of the vast gardens of Contemporary Art and I have gathered flowers of different species to compose a bouquet which I offer to you. In compiling this exhibition I have carefully scrutinized seemingly objectionable images for you, the liberal yet virtuous art enthusiast. The method artist find expression may be perplexing to say the least: but, after having paid a legitimate tribute to your susceptibilities, I have without timorous scruples gathered such dazzling gems as could be enjoyed with only mere artful wiles of endangering your sense of morality…..” http://www.thefireplaceproject.com his exhibition I have carefully scrutinized seemingly objectionable images for you, the liberal yet virtuous art enthusiast. The method artist find expression may be perplexing to say the least: but, after having paid a legitimate tribute to your susceptibilities, I have without timorous scruples gathered such dazzling gems as could be enjoyed with only mere artful wiles of endangering your sense of morality…..”
I first met Leilah Weinraub doing a film for the spring summer 2010 collection of Telfar who’s about to flex with the SB crew in Paris and recently discovered she went to high school with SB sister Scarlet Rouge. We chilled in the garden where Monkeys dwell while Lauren Devine stirred the cauldron… I knew it would be magical. I first caught a glimpse of this film that summer afternoon and so amped to see its about to come to fruition. Must be Angie on the mic…