British/Turkish fashion designer Hussein Chalayan is not only an internationally known figure in the industry’s runway, he is also an artist and catalyst for change of what it means to wear something. With his progressive attitude to clothing as a decorate-able and manipulatable second layer of skin, Hussein Chalayan has expanded the the materials of construction to an awe-inspiring breadth of technology and innovation.
Brookyln based Nicholas Gazin, well equipped with the crass of a seasoned comic artist (and hunter- he writes for VICE magazine and has been working on a series of comic book reviews titled NICK GAZIN’S COMIC BOOK WITCH HUNT), “lives in an anbandoned Polish dentistry shed and calls himself The Toilet Cobra on the internet. His influences include The British Invasion, ska t-shirts (but not ska bands!) and Superman IV. He recently became friends with Napalm Death. Skinheads have commented on the size of his dong.” Needless to say, I am impressed.
Swedish artist Leif Holmstrand’s oeuvre is filled with crocheted and knitted sculptures, terrifying performances, washing line installations and dangling babies. He also writes excellent poetry- an artist and writer who puts Malmo on the Sweden Maps and in the very near future on the world map!
Philly-based Jesse Moynihan draws comics, plays guitar and violin, is a part of post-Supertramp supergroup Make A Rising. He also like jogging and jump-roping. I’m going to go ahead and imply that maybe he’d like jogging buddy if you’re in the area. I love the heros / villains in his comics.
Here’s another artist, from across the pond, for your Thursday. Mihail Mihaylov is a graphic designer from Sophia, Bulgaria. His style is minimal and draws inspiration from the aesthetics of Modernism. Mihail is featured in the B/D Creative Flickr Pool. You can also check out his Flickr account.
In early-mid September of last year, a bit of blog-fodder circulated around in which Ohio artist Richard Whitehurst was planning to pull off a huge-scale installation piece involving a tapering 22 foot tunnel that forces you to crawl into a submissive position as you reach the end. The subject will find the artist waiting at the end of the tunnel where he will try his best to overpower and rape the person who crawls through. Several blogs have tried picking up the scent on Google only to find that this Whitehurst fellow does not actually exist, nor the interviewer who posted the article on ArtLurker. Does that mean that the Ohio-art-scene doesn’t actually exist as well? The end word is, that image of the mythical “Rape Tunnel” is actually a photo of an artist in front of a fan he’d built and the article was published with the intent “to spark conversation on the state of art for a few hours with coverage of an entirely fake art project.” However, it was picked up by Gawker, subsequently turning it into a huge fiasco, and ArtLurker was not able to announce that it was after all, a hoax. A project so morally destitute and controversial must be in the end, too good to be true (?). What do you guys think? Btw, B/D does not support rape…
Creepy beautiful work by Canadian artists Nick and Sheila Pye that “expose the painful parts of romance: she leads him across a floor strewn with broken glass, intentionally causing him to cut his feet, he makes her jump rope blindfolded in a circle of fire until she collapses, they wet their underpants and lick each other’s eyeballs. Such are the actions performed by Nicholas and Sheila Pye, a married couple from Canada whose practice encompasses film, performance, video installations, and photography, through which they explore what happens when people fall in and out of love. The collaboration between the unmarried Marina Abramovic and Ulay seems the most likely precedent to the Pyes’ approach to art making.” Can anyone confirm if the text about Marina Abramovic and Ulay is true? Check out the rest of the article at Art Info.