Happy 2014 to one and all! I figured I’d start this year off with some Riri eye candy, because of course.
Miss Rihanna is the new face of Balmain and I am starry-eyed over their new ads. She wears the threads so well and I couldn’t think of a better model for the collection. Creative direction by Atelier Franck Durand and styling by Mel OttenbergI am also a huge fan of the styling in her video for “What Now”. Rock n roll mullet, goth chic choker, tight minimalist dress, layers of metal rings and long white nails, plus a frosty makeover. It’s perfectly haunting with the song. So good!
HAVE YOU SEEN ME?
Sini Anderson directed this documentary about Kathleen Hanna’s (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin) life, and it’s inspired me every day since I watched it: A woman that started out making grassroots efforts with her spoken word poetry, was responsible for crafting the riot grrrl movement in the 90′s- an important player of punk rock feminism, and has performed some of the most powerful and unafraid performances I’ve ever seen. Her unwillingness to backdown or shut up makes her a wildfire, and it was a hugely visceral experience as both an artist and a woman when I watched this film. Find out if it’s playing in big cities near you, or rent it on itunes!
Today is a very special lady’s 21st birthday! I was working on a post of some of my favorite portraits that I took of miss Petra Collins during Art Basel and figured today was the perfect day to share them. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VAGINA QUEEN!
Also, here is a wonderful essay she wrote about instagram deleting her account because her body didn’t meet unhealthy standards of femininity: Censorship and the Female Body
KENZO was in Art Basel Miami to reveal the first visuals of their Spring/Summer 2014 campaign by TOILETPAPER magazine. The visuals were printed on hammam towels that were delivered by a special KENZO bus to a different beach location every day for people to take with them and enjoy. I am sad that I never got one, but I did take this picture!
Hope everybody had a wonderful, cozy Thanksgiving! My parents and I traveled to Orlando so my sister could make a holiday dinner for us for the first time. It was quite special, as she’s a newly wed in her first condo which overlooks a small lake with a running fountain. We played Apples to Apples and mom made her sweet potato pie, which is always my favorite.
Speaking of giving thanks, check out the feature Kelly over at one of my favorite blogs Design Crush did on me! I talk about 3 things I’m thankful for (which includes… rainbow dresses?)
And I am totally thankful for this beauty my sponsor Hayden-Harnett sent me!
Getting a new luxury leather handbag is a special time in a gal’s life. As a photojournalist on-the-go, my entire life is stowed away in my bag. I needed something roomy enough to carry my idea journal, phone, kindle, camera, and makeup- and I made the conscious decision to stay away from black. I wanted to add a burst of color to my collection (because everything else I own is neutral). Minty blue is one of my favorite colors and always reminds me of smurf ice cream. YAY ICE CREAM BAG! This bag is somewhat girlier than what I usually go for, and the thin snake print etching is not something I’d imagine myself carrying. But this design stood out to me: It’s classy without being redundant and still takes chances. I can’t wait take the Aqua Cobra Havana out for a night on the town- it will blend in admirably with Miami Beach’s Art Deco buildings and brighten the streets along with the skyline’s tiny lights!
“It feels good,” says Danielle Pafunda, “to conduct the world’s violence on the page. It’s my response to violence without doing or incurring much violence. It’s how I navigate through it.”
My favorite poet Danielle Pafunda just released her fifth poetry collection, Natural History Rape Museum. According to Bloof Books, the digest centers around an unnamed speaker and her intimate/adversary, the fuckwad, in pieces interrupted (or violated) by their boxed-in titles. Further interrupting this narrative are a prose sequence and a menagerie of objects/animals/elements borne as totems by the speaker—a lump of coal, a stingray, a cord of wood, a wolf spider, an earthworm, the fly. The volume culminates in four linked essays on the subject of pain: The Bid for Pain, The Manner in Which Pain Becomes Me, Pain Beak-Pecks a Figurine, and Extraterrestrial Painsake.
Exploring the more grotesque corners of the Gurlesque aesthetic, in Natural History Rape Museum Pafunda ventriloquizes through the unstable identities of her characters to create creepy tableaux that resemble—despite their vivid, violent excesses—the world we know.
[If that didn't intrigue you, I don't know what will!]
I really didn’t know much about Genesis B. P-orridge other than s/he’s in the band Throbbing Gristle and has adopted one of my best friend’s dogs [until recently]. Perhaps the public best knows the reborn artist as a pandrogyne with h/er other half Lady Jaye, the two of whom caused much controversy for their perhaps boisterous artistic pursuits.
First Third Books has published this stunning collection of Genesis’ personal photography, artwork and life stories and it’s available from their shop. They specialize in high-quality limited edition books.
“There is so much possibility we don’t realize we have access to or even that have the right to access. So, to us, the artist is a signifier of the ability to short-circuit all those filters of social control we inherit, long enough for a new vision to come through.”
This is a great interview from The Brooklyn Rail featuring Genesis.
THIS DELUXE EDITION INCLUDES:
- a 323 page book, printed in Italy, in 6 colours (including silver Pantone) on 170gm Gardamat paper in 20cm x 27cm hardback, with a white linen spine, a matt varnished debossed cover and offering
- more than 350 selected images from h/er very personal archives and portraits from renowned international photographers
- an introduction by Mark Paytress exploring the motivations that drive Genesis to surrender h/er physical body to art
- personal commentary by Genesis on photographs throughout the book.
- The book will be numbered and signed by Genesis.
- a 96 page catalogue of h/er artworks and h/er collaborations with Lady Jaye, many appearing in a current retrospective at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA.
- three 7 inch singles, pressed on colored (white, orange and silver) vinyl with original picture labels and presented in specially-designed record sleeves. Four tracks have been created specifically for this project, and the third single is comprised of conversations recorded by Mark, with both Genesis and fellow pandrogyne Lady Jaye.
- a 51cm square poster of intimate and explicit Polaroids revealing Genesis and Lady Jaye’s exploration of their bodies in their spiritual quest. Suitable for framing, but not for the easily-shocked.
- The deluxe edition is housed in a linen bound Japanese-inspired presentation box with a cut-out PTV logo and weighs over 2.5 kilos.
From The Waverly Press, FACTORY FOTO: photographs from Andy Warhol’s Factory- A collection of rare photographs by Billy Name from Andy Warhol’s Factory featuring Andy, Edie, Gerard, Ivy and much more. Each photograph is presented as mirrored positive/negatives.
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m kind of a queen. Not so much as the “Royal Queen of England” as “Queen singing Cabaret songs with transvestites”. And for this reason, I watch episodes of the British cult-comedy Absolutely Fabulous on repeat. I tend to fancy British humor (oh, fine, and men) over American comedy- another couple of favorite shows include The IT Crowd and Spaced.
On Ab Fab, Eddie constantly gushes about LACROIX – as in Christian Lacroix. The jewelry she wore during the filming of the series was often Lacroix, and I did some digging around Etsy to suss out vintage pieces. The gold and the gaudy is kind of amazing, no? GIVE ME IT. Many pieces from VintageEnMode