I came across this John Galliano couture collection from 2006 and couldn’t help but laugh. I’ve been thinking about the great question of war & peace ever since hearing snippets from a rare house debate on the subject on NPR the other day. I don’t really have any answers on the state of the nation….apart from presenting Galliano’s bedraggled mud-slang revolutionary rockers doused in oil make-up, flip-flops, Galliano branded life vests (?), Michael Jackson-inspired spike shoulder pads and fake beards. Is Galliano lampooning the ridiculously luxe couture high-fashion world? Or our mythological idealizations of fighting desperados? Perhaps Mad Max is upon us.
Actress and film-maker Isabella Rossellini (daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini) has a series of campy K-9 bio class instructional videos titled “Green Porno” (though it’s far from being pornographic, really) featuring her acting out the copulations of various insects, crustaceans, and other assorted creatures that you don’t normally think about doing the horizontal tango. “In each one, Rossellini matter-of-factly describes, then demonstrates using extremely low-budget special effects, how – if she were, say, a dragonfly, or a mantis, or a starfish – she would copulate and reproduce with her animal mate. In the film beginning ‘If I were a snail…’, for instance, Rossellini explains: ‘I can withdraw my entire body into my shell, where I can hide my vagina and my penis,’ then gleefully whispers to the camera, ‘I have both!’ and retreats into her giant snail shell made of cardboard.” Read more about her series at Frieze Magazine.
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From what I can tell, Pierre Bolide likes a few things: Space. Raging vein mutant muscles. And imaginary feuds with Chuck Norris. The only way I can describe these are like fan club illustrations of a long lost Nintendo video game that totally ruled and I played so much I saw the shapes on the back of my eyelids when I went to sleep at night, or some totally awesome TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) spin-off series based on one of Shredder’s obscure, but totally awesome minions. Found on B/D’s very own Creative Pic Pool!
Chicago artist Nick Cave is currently showing at the Fowler Museum. We got a chance to interview him last year. Nick transforms found objects into what he calls “Soundsuits”. These suits are not just sculptural works but meant to be worn. Imagine wearing one of these to the next costume party you attend? Performers inside the suits emit noises, hence the title “Soundsuits”. The above image reminds me of our BD shirt: Explosion. Apparently Cave, an Alvin-Ailey trained dancer, plans to eventually have a world-traveling show with 90 Soundsuit-creatures.
I found Julio B Esq’s Bouduoir series during my weekly stroll through the B/D Creative Pic Pool. Julio’s photos walk a fine line and could quickly be dismissed as shocking snapshots of drunk/high people taking part in bizarre acts.However I think there is something that sets his work apart from all the shock and awe Terry Richardson wannabes that deserves a closer look. When I first saw these photos I immediately thought about the infamous Calvin Klein ads that were scrutinized for their basement kiddie porn appeal. I can see Julio’s photos taking place in the same old basement as the CK shoots complete with cheap wood paneling and 30 year old shag carpet. Creepy or not Julio’s photos have an erie calmness to them that separates them from the pack. I liked the series even more once I read his text about the inspiration for the set:
“Historically, the boudoir formed part of the private suite of rooms of a lady, for bathing and dressing, adjacent to her bedchamber, being the female equivalent of the male cabinet. In later periods, the boudoir was used as a private drawing room, and was used for other activities, such as embroidery or entertaining intimate acquaintances.”
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At the SFMOMA’s Rooftop Coffee Bar, baker Caitlin Williams Freeman has found a fun way to pay homage to the artists featured in the museum. If you’re in the area, visit the museum, then swing by the Coffee Bar to munch on pastries of art you just saw!