TI loves structure in everything we do. British artist Nathan Coley, nominated for a Turner Prize in 2007, creates installations driven by architectural theory and ideas. This is the artist, for instance who created a scale model of the Manchester Marks and Spencer building which was damaged by an IRA bomb and subsequently demolished. Think of the aesthetic possibilities of an artist who revists lost sites, ghost monuments and evaporated buildings. In his new work at the Haunch of Venison gallery in Berlin he creates a Western film set facade in the gallery. I love though that he renders the buildings in a kind of black wood. Coley finds the ghosts in our monumental 20th century structures and that is humanistic and poetic and inspiring!
Submitted by Wayne on Fri, 2008-05-02 23:00.
Emma Summerton. Get into that name. In an editorial landscape suffering from a lack of new energy and new forces Ms Summerton is racking up the magazine credits at fast and furious pace. Tastemaker Kate (Moss) is into it. ID magazine is into it. British Vogue, via this image that I just uploaded onto MDC is very into it. Katja, KT and now Emma. I think the name-droppers of the trade are going to have to add some new buzz-names to their call-list!
Submitted by Wayne on Thu, 2008-05-01 23:42.
On those dreary nights when I'm being yelled at for being such an unrepentant hissmonger, I brew a cup of tea and settle down with a chapter from Baron de Rede's tasteful memoirs. An aristocratic aesthete who had the good luck of being "taken care of" by South American scion Arturo Lopez-Wilshaw , the good baron was known for his incredible luncheons and dinners at his impeccably restored residence, Hotel Lambert. But the hiss he releases in the memoirs is comic genius at its driest. Tales about the likes of Barbara Hutton, The Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Nancy Mitford proves they don't make them like they used to. There is no shade like old school shade, no?
Submitted by Wayne on Thu, 2008-05-01 23:27.
Time to cycle up for the SS 09 men's show castings. Public Image has a show perfect beauty in the form of Micheal T and the buzz on this boy is about to hit maximum! Question though. Who is the market leader amongst men's designers these days? Prada? Lanvin? Can we hope for a clear sense of direction and will one brand emerge as most coveted? TI will not sleep till that crisis is resolved.
Submitted by Wayne on Thu, 2008-05-01 19:30.
What is The Presets going through? This track from their new "Apocalypto" LP called "This Boy's In Love" is top banging. The video had one of the TI crew coming together ...but it has one good idea ...male models wrestling in a milk bath. Editorial!
Submitted by Wayne on Thu, 2008-05-01 18:47.
As the city warms up TI is starting to get into vintage house music. Through the magic of mp3's you can find a massive archive of tracks that date back to that time when the music called "house" was a strange new innovation. This track dates from 1988 and was produced by the immortal Frankie Knuckles. Love that as the song veers to the end, the singer whines "I'm not a bitch" before getting out the best on record moan-fest since...Prince. The whole thing is very bad Prince. In a brilliant way.
Submitted by Wayne on Thu, 2008-05-01 17:23.
Something's afoot. Unless there is another suite of photographers shooting for a different issue of Vogue Italia, it looks like that "Black Model" issue of VI will include other images than by Mr. Meisel. The clues? There are certain iconic faces of African descent STILL being booked with other photographers, even as we speak. That said, the entire enterprise of this issue has been beset with serious misinformation, with unreliable sources spewing speculation that has been treated as fact by the mainstream media. The result? A SECOND major "black model" moment just got scuttered by all the irresponsible rumors. TI is now going to be on his best behavor and will only believe what the call sheets say.
Submitted by Wayne on Wed, 2008-04-30 19:25.
David Renggli has the spotlights on him right this minute. The Swiss artist has a wry wit, a brilliant way with scale and and a hit show at Galarie Chez Valentin in Paris. The title of the piece pictured above "How much do you believe in something you don't believe in", is very resonant in cultural life these days no?
PS: The radiator is an ironic construction. The broom is "found".
Submitted by Wayne on Wed, 2008-04-30 19:11.
Submitted by Wayne on Wed, 2008-04-30 19:01.