Here’s to one of my favorite designers Alexander McQueen. He had an unparalleled way of transforming fabric and fashion into uniquely outrageous creatures, seemingly coming into being from a parallel dimension. In McQueen’s world, taxidermied bird feathers become opulent headpieces fit for Marie Antoinette, or Red Riding Hood’s famous scarlet cape is given new life as a shining silk mantle ready to write its own new fairy tale. His shows always shocked and awed, featuring over-the-top performative aspects, whether a life size hologram of Kate Moss wearing flowing fabrics, or recreating the scene of a shipwreck on the runway. McQueen’s cosmic creations pulled from antiquity and the future simultaneously, creating a whole new sensational language all its own. His unique vision will be missed!
If you haven’t yet heard the news, Photographer Umida Akhmedova was convicted for slandering the Uzbek nation. Umida’s works under scrutiny are a short film, “The Burden of Virginity” and a published book, “Women and Men: From Dawn to Dusk”; which both investigate gender roles in rural Uzbekistan. In a strange turn of events, the judge who convicted Umida granted her amnesty, as a salute to the 18th anniversary of Uzbek independence. Umida still plans to appeal the conviction. What baffles so many is the fact that her photographs merely document, and do not really push forth an agenda or opinion. You can take a look at some of the ‘slanderous’ photographs after the jump. Do you find Umida’s portrayal of Uzbeki people as malicious? Have you ever experienced censorship? Weigh in on the matter and leave us a comment with your thoughts.
Broadcasting live from the “Black Forest”/Germany is Photographer Alexander Binder. His work is very magical and dark at times. Alex has some beautiful black and white photos, but some of my favorites shine with a rainbow spectrum across the image. See some mystical rainbow delights from Alex’s new series “Traum” after the jump.
As a huge fan of Electronic Musician Amon Tobin, I’m excited to post about Photographer and Director Celia Marais. Why, you ask? Well that would be because Celia created a series called “Field Excursion”. She constructed a group of odd creatures, built from scraps of meat and fish that were named after existing or imaginary bacteria. A few chosen ones were then animated and included as part of an interactive minisite released alongside Amon’s album, Foley Room. You can also view the animated creatures as a video.
Alright folks, don’t say we didn’t warn ya. Book 1 is officially sold out. Apart from a few copies here in the office we are keeping for posterity, the only place to buy Book 1 now is on the black market. There’s still time for Book 2, of course. And, if you want to save over 33% on the cover price, at around $13 bucks a book (instead of $20 cover price), be sure to SUBSCRIBE today so you never miss another issue.
I have to say I’m very fond of the work of illustrator and graphic designer KEE. The bright and fun quirky characters and illustration compliment nicely the colors and composition. Check it out!
I met Brian Blomerth a few years ago, he is an interesting guy who makes art about Pomeranian dogs and Alysssa Milano. He combines those two themes with acid colors, mysticism, and snazzy design. He also lived in a (now closed) building called The Church of Crystal Light, and was from what I saw he inspired that group of people. They were Richmond Virginia’s version of Fort Thunder.
Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe, put your ray gun to my head, press your space face next to mine love, freak out on a moonage daydream….Setareh Mohtarez’s glam interstellar fashions are what the queen being of light would wear to her prom in the outer cosmos.