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Erstwhile J.Crew model and father to Bjork’s children Matthew Barney is renowned as one of the strangest, most ambitious and certainly least thrifty artists in the world. His gorgeous, nauseating, head-scratchingly avant garde ‘Cremaster Cycle’ is a series of five feature length films that allegedly cost four million dollars to make.
A Multi-media transformative performance art project by Donald C. Shorter.
Leigh Bowery (26 March 1961 – 31 December 1994) was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model and fashion designer, based in London. Bowery is considered one of the more influential figures in the 1980s and 1990s London and New York art and fashion circles influencing a generation of artists and designers. His influence reached through the fashion, club and art worlds to impact, amongst others, Meadham Kirchhoff, Alexander McQueen, Lucian Freud, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, John Galliano, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady Bunny plus numerous Nu-Rave bands and nightclubs in London and New York which arguably perpetuated his avant garde ideas.
Though Nick Cave’s Sound Suits appear whimsical with their mishmash of colorful, festive-looking materials, the unconventional, wearable sculptures have a less joyful origin story.
Beefcake a.k.a. Adonis: Black & Adonis: White are two sides of the photo series by Antonio Pulgarin inspired by vintage beefcake imagery of the 1950’s and 60’s. Antonio’s concept for the shoot develops in two directions one with the use of bright lighting , and cast shadow; Where the Black series uses shadow as it prominent element gently painting and exposing with precisely placed light on the forms on these beautiful men’s bodies.
Marco Ovando injects high glamour into his remake of RuPaul’s hit song” Supermodel” The video shot in contrasted black in white features most of the famous faces like Raja, Sharon Needles, Detox, Manila Luzon, Milan, Alaska, Carmen Carrera, with cameos by Amanda Lepore, Heidi Glum, Jordan Fox & Epiphany. Get into it.
SHAYE SAINT JOHN (USA) is a performer and video artist. Considered the GodMother of Absurdist Video Art, the character of Shaye exploded onto YouTube with a reality based horror show that defined the absurdity of the times. An ex-model, in a car crash and now outfitted with prosthetics, Shaye takes to the camera creating insane diets, working various angles to get back into the scene, and repeating unforgettable aphorisms mimicking the social media language that subsequently emerged.
Artist Richard Hawkins tours Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Mizer (1922-1992) and Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. “Tom of Finland” (1920-1991), at MOCA Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Hawkins, who guest co-curated the exhibition with MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, examines selections from the first-ever presentation of catalogue boards of Mizer’s Athletic Model Guild studios,
Warrior Stance – ‘Out-of-this-world fashion claws its way into the limelight.’ Horde of beauties; Maria Borges, Joan Smalls, Daria Strokous, Catherine Mcneil, Meghan Collison, Ajak Deng, Lily Donaldson , Fei Fei Sun, Jamie Bochert And Christina Kruse poses for Steven Klein, showcasing a diverse types of warriors in attire by likes of Vionnet, Proenza Schouler, Tom Ford, & Vera Wang, styled together by Edward Enninful for the March issue of W Magazine. Hair by Orlando Pita, Makeup by Kabuki.
In the realm of the spirit world, the mask is more than mere facade. It is utterly transformative. The man in the mask—and it is nearly always a man—may speak in a different voice, move differently, behave differently, because he is a different being. The mask is put on. The line between reality and illusion, god and man, life and death blurs. The masked man is not playing a role. He becomes the role.