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febrero 2016

Eyes Through the Eyes of The Soul!

in ACC Network/English

Welcome back to this edition of the All City Canvas vlog!

Special recap of Interesni Kazki in Gainesville, Florida for 352 Walls Urban Art Project.

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· Keep your eyes out for Gola Hundun’s upcoming art show: ‘Intelligenza Vegetale’ in Bologna, Italy

· Francesco Orazzini presents his first solo show in Mexico City: ‘Carne Viciosa’ at ArtSpace Mexico.

· ACC contributor Zane Meyer of Chop’ Em Down Films brings a little recap of Pow! Wow! Hawaii Festival in Honolulu. ?

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Art Week Mexico 2016

in ACC Network/English

La semana pasada asistimos a las distintas ferias de arte contemporáneo en la Ciudad de México. Esta vez les traemos un poco de lo que vimos en cada una de ellas.

Concluyó un año más de Zsona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo, Material Art Fair y Salón ACME, además de los eventos paralelos en algunas de las galerías más visitadas de las Colonias San Miguel Chapultepec, Coyoacán y Roma; así como Index Art Book Fair en el Museo Jumex.

Zsona MACO Sur destacó con la participación de la Galería Karen Huber, la cual mostró el trabajo de Manuel Solano. Por su parte Peana Projects presentó el trabajo de Juan Fontanive, además de las galerías Hilario Galguera y GE Galería de Monterrey; la primera con una selección impecable de Bosco Sodi y Daniel Buren, la segunda incluyó el trabajo de James Rielly, Ray Smith y el artista israelí Yigal Ozeri.

Por su parte, Material Art Fair logra transmitir su idea de hacer el arte mucho más accesible al público. Sus directores–Brett W. Schultz y Daniela Elbahara, ambos codirectores de la galería Yautepec–afirman que buscan cambiar el modelo económico, para que éste se adapte y ayude a las pequeñas galerías, así como agentes que tienen poca o nula visibilidad en la escena comercial contemporánea.

Finalmente, pero no por eso menor importante, ocurrió la cuarta edición de Salón ACME, en un espacio ubicado en la colonia San Miguel Chapultepec. El proyecto surgió bajo el concepto de los antiguos salones de arte que se llevaban a cabo de manera internacional, y donde se exhibían propuestas artísticas actuales.

En este episodio tuvimos oportunidad de platicar con la galería Eitoeiko de Tokio, GE Galería de Monterrey, Paul Kasmin de Nueva York; y tuvimos una pequeña charla con el artista británico Adrian Lee.

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Pow! Wow! Asia Tour 2015 by Chop’ Em Down Films

in Blog/English/Festivales

 

POW! WOW! HAWAI’I started this weekend!! So, the guys of Chop’ Em Down Films made this cool reel with their live coverage of the Pow! Wow! Asia Tour. Jasper, Kamea, Jeff and the whole team is gathering of contemporary artists who engage with the broader community through the process and creation of art, expanded its presence within Asia.

A series of week-long events took place in Japan and Taiwan between October and November, it featured renowned artists such as Case, Kinsey, Fafi, Ben Horton, Faith47, Kevin Ancell, Jeff Soto, Naturel, Omen514, Usugrow, Kami, Sasu, Yoshiyasu Tamura and more.

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POW! WOW! Japan was centered in Tokyo with over a dozen live murals being created simultaneously within a one-block radius in the Tennozu area. Exhibitions happened in Shibuya, Harajuku, as well as a Block Party Finale presented by Hawaiian Airlines on Bond Street in Tennozu.

On the heels of POW! WOW! Japan, the art festival then continued across three major Taiwan cities, Taipei, Taichung and Tainan, which will house new murals that completely transformed the country. Follow the journey via our official POW! WOW! Asia Tour video.

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POW! WOW! Asia Tour 2015 Video from CHOP EM DOWN on Vimeo.

Filmed by Zane Meyer and Cory Ring of Chop Em Down Films
Drone by Zane Meyer And Larry

Edited by Zane Meyer

JUSTKIDS x Brazilian Artists Bicicleta Sem Freio Team-Up On a Limited Edition T-shirt Series

in Blog/English

JUSTKIDS and Brazilian artist Bicicleta Sem Freio team-up on a limited edition t-shirt series

After producing numerous acclaimed and sold out Fine Arts prints JUSTKIDS will be unveiling a unique limited edition t-shirt in collaboration with famed Brazilian Artist Bicicleta Sem Freio.

Produced by hand at the JUSTKIDS lab in Italy, these T-shirts are one of a kind and are sporting BSF’s iconic images from their last London solo show “Ratcat Dinner”.

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Bicicleta Sem Freio, aka Douglas de Castro and Renato Pereira, are worldwide recognized for their sexy ladies illustrations, expressive line work and warm, vibrant color schemes. Bicicleta’s style draws references from their roots in music, Brazilian culture, their love for the 80s and pop iconography, and have been emerging on large-scale public installations all over the world, including recently on a mythical Oscar Nemeyer building in Brazil or on Venice Beach for UFC fighter Ronda Rousey. They willl also be part in a few days of the very hype Pow! Wow! Hawaii festival in Honolulu.

The shirts come in two different flavors, Black/White & White/ Color, each one is limited to only 50 pieces, packaged in a custom-made box and numbered with a certificate of authenticity. This unique collaboration is available via store.streetartnews.net and will drop on Wednesday February 3rd at 12PM EST 5PM for $50/£35 each.

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¿Quién no es Smithe?

in ACC Network/Español

Una de las preguntas más díficiles que nos pueden hacer es: ¿Quién eres?

En un juego retórico y existencialista–siempre–es más fácil expresar lo que no somos, y es así como también logramos reforzar quiénes somos en realidad.

Esta vez les presentamos el trabajo de Smithe, un creativo, en toda la extención de la palabra, y como no fuimos capaces de encasillarlo en una sola oración, jugamos con una serie de dobles negaciones que afirman, y re-afirman todo aquello que Smithe no es y, por lo tanto, sí es.

Bienvenidos al mundo de un loco lúcido al que admiramos de sobremanera, y no sabemos cómo le alcanza el tiempo para crear de la manera en la que lo hace.

La música del video corre a cargo de .Stendal. Pueden descargar su disco aquí: https://stendal.bandcamp.com/

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MONOGRAMED SKULLS AROUND ARTIST’S NECKS: RIP ALEXANDER MCQUEEN ?

in Blog/English

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By Nicole Chaput

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Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2014 London Fashion Week Copyright Catwalking.com 'One Time Only' Publication Editorial Use Only
Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2014 London Fashion Week – Wonderland Magazine.

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I remember the day it happened. February 11, 2010. I remember I saw one of his scarves on sale as I walked past Saks Fifth Avenue some days earlier. It was as if the store had anticipated the rising demand for his designs after his tragic death.

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I remember I went to see how much money I had saved: only monogramed skulls could warm up Alexander McQueen’s death. I wrapped around my neck the scarf, it was olive green silk and I did not need another reason to purchase it. This was not the first time I bought a garment as a coping mechanism, but the need to hold something that resembled him had never been so urgent.

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Two things concern me when thinking about Alexander McQueen: his death falling into the realm of cliché tragedy and his work being misconceived as a mere product.

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Appreciation for the Fashion Industry is challenging considering its exclusive nature and its growing commercial value. Art products in general are prone to become indicators of wealth. Owning an important or well-known artwork yields associations that are hardly ignored. If the arts are prone to categorize individuals into a probable socioeconomic status given that they can afford luxurious items, then this is even truer for Fashion products because they do not hang in your dinning room; they cling to your body and become part how you are perceived by acquaintances and interactions. A Birkin bag by Hermes is as much of a social indicator as having a Picasso painting on your wall. But the Birkin will be spotted by everyone who looks at you and the painting will only be seen by the people invited to your home. High Fashion is no doubt a statement of accumulated wealth and a profitable investment inside exclusive social circles.

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Because of the effect High Fashion has on consumers and its classicist derivatives it is often stigmatized. The Fashion Industry is commonly conceived as expensive product making and the craft that goes into it is often overlooked because of its negative connotations. Fashion Design and almost every other art form has to lean somewhat on the commercial side to continue its production and especially in today’s compromised economy. Many argue that what sells from these Fashion Houses is the price tag insinuated by a given logo. It is no surprise that the logos are getting larger each season. The craft put into Fashion seems to be forgotten by consumers and suppliers are succumbing to such demand and that is why it is not surprising at all that Fashion products are seen as clothes and not artworks. Fashion seems to be threatened by the bad taste of consumers who only want to let the world know they can afford a Louis Vuitton clutch bag. Although many houses like Chanel have caved into the circuit of tacky logos that simulate luxury at the expense of their art making, some designers have repelled this notion, and for doing so, Alexander McQueen holds a special place in my heart.

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Alexander McQueen graduated from St. Martins College of Arts in London and his garments immediately stood out to Isabella Blow, his main investor. Almost every collection by Alexander McQueen was inspired on Pop Culture products like film, music, myths and relevant historical figures. McQueen’s content always reflected an analytical attitude towards the role of Pop Culture in our society and art making. McQueen is particularly notorious for his theatrical runways, where he created intricate atmospheres for his garments to exist in. McQueen calculated the music, the stage, the attitude of each model, the climate, the lighting and even the title of each collection. His fashion shows were carefully orchestrated and deepened the audience’s conception of a given theme. He was not only designing clothes for a brand, he was designing environments and grotesque habitats for his androgynous models. McQueen seemed to be more invested in creating an atmosphere and presenting that atmosphere rather than his garments in isolation from the built in setting. The models adopted the character scripted by McQueen and their presence in the runway was more a performance than a typical walk. McQueen’s fashion shows had complex choreographies that added to every single garment. The garments designed by McQueen were not to be looked at as garments, they were meant to be looked at as the garments worn by the people living in the atmosphere he had created.

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Yet, the theatrical essence of his shows was a reason for complains from important buyers. Buyers argued that they could not appreciate the garments because of all the other things going on during the presentation. After these complain, McQueen had to compromise his creations. He could either continue to pursue his performances as performances or cut back on his theatrics to appeal more buyers. His collections went back and fourth and his mental dilemma was clear as seasons went by. The sad truth was he needed buyers to continue his making even if that meant his work would be less genuine. No one wants to sell out, but this problem is faced by most artists who have to settle for what will be sold more even if that means creative output will drop significantly. Although Alexander McQueen did cut back on his extravagant performances; for the most part he stayed true to his creative ambition.

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McQueen emphasized this issue in the Art World and his frustrations by it were present in his shows. The ever-present negotiation of the artist between making an artwork with a profound insight or an important social commentary versus making something that will sell is common. This issue reveals a lot about consumers today and how it is a larger concern to buy something that will have some kind of social profit (i.e. belonging, popularity, reassuring social status) rather than something that has a more metaphysical or educational significance. Education, thoughtfulness and the metaphysical concerns that are behind aesthetic output are worth nothing in many sectors or today’s society. Content has lost its significance and that is punching art into a corpse that performs as a mere product eligible for consumption. I suspect buyers are opposed to criticisms on capitalism as well because such analysis defeats their purpose. Are corporations slowly extinguishing artistic content related to capitalism to maintain and expand their ever-growing range of consumers? Awareness on the matter may jeopardize their mission.

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Alexander McQueen was one of the most innovative artists of this century. Sarah Burton is currently the creative director of his brand; yet, I do not think she acknowledges McQueens vision. Maybe her refusal to continue his theatrical shows is a respectful I will not try to be at your level of genius or maybe it is strategy to give the buyers what they want and profit from more sales. I like to think it’s the first option.

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This brutal artist died six years ago, but his legacy continues. His criticisms towards the fashion industry and consumerism as well as his propositions for alternative universes are still remembered fondly.

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A moment to remember his most memorable moments:

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FALL/WINTER 1999: THE OVERLOOK

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This collection was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s, The Shinning.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2001:VOSS

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Alexander Mcqueen Spring Summer 2001 Copyright Catwalking.com 'One Time Only' publication

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I think this was one of the most complex collections by Alexander McQueen. The fashion shows started late, intentionally. The audience had in front of them a large cube of mirrors. The delay of the show forced the audience to look at themselves in the mirrors for some time, forcing a collective wave of narcissism and triggering an uncomfortable shared vanity.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2004: DELIVERANCE

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This collection was inspired by the Sydney Pollack 1970 movie ‘They Shoot Horses Don’t They’; it was choreographed by Michael Clark, who helped McQueen recreate the widely known dance marathon motif.

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FALL/WINTER 2004 MENSWEAR: TEXIST

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McQueen launches his 2004 men’s autumn/winter line in short film where he made and designed the set. Although McQueen included some male garments in his previous collections, this is his first established menswear line.

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SPIRNG/SUMMER 2005: I’TS ONLY A GAME

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PARIS FASHION WEEK from october 4th to october 11th 2004 Ready to Wear SPRING SUMMER 2005 ALEXANDER MC QUEEN

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McQueen had 36 models go through the end of the runway, when they were returning they would organize themselves in rows and columns. The purpose of this remained unknown to the public, but by the middle of the show, when the models have all aligned, the number and the purpose of this set up is revealed: it is a chess game. At the end of the show, the models fought against each other in the same way as they would if they were chess pieces.

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FALL/WINTER 2007: In Memory of Elizabeth Howe, Salem, 1692

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This collection was dedicated to a witch that died in the Salem witch trials. He traced his mother’s bloodline and realized that one of his relatives had been killed in one of the trials and decided to dedicate this collection to her.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2009: Natural Dist-inction Un-natural Selection

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When the models were walking down the runway, the fabrics and materials of each garment moved like the glowing fur of animals while the technological intervention to make such prints was evident.

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FALL/WINTER 2009: The horn of plenty

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This collection glares back at fashion and mocks it for trotting in the same spot. McQueen put all his consumers into the fashion recycling bin.

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SPRING/SUMMER 2010: PLATO’S ATLANTIS

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This collection was Alexander McQueen’s last RTWW collection before his death. The way people reacted to it made it seem like this was the designer’s creative climax. It makes me wonder if he knew this was going to be his last collection and if he planned his suicide all along. Did McQueen know he was saying goodbye?

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