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america: a new hope
7 May, 2009, 5:36 PM
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No Luke Skywalker or Jedi masters here, but some cool artwork done for Paper on the rebranding of America. This image is done by LA-based artist Geoff McFetridge–I hesitate to call him an artist because he is more than that and even writes verse. I love what he had to say to the magazine about this project:

Lincoln is very much a man for these times, his beliefs and values hold strong to this day. I was thinking of a way to give a new iconic value to the lowly penny. American history is an interesting way to describe what America is like today. I like to think there is a little bit of Lincoln in all Americans. I also thought it was funny to mess with the American flag as a design exercise. I liked that the idea of endlessly designing the flag is both disrespectful and optimistic.

Being a history major and taking my share of American history classes, McFetridge’s comment has me thinking about the different ways we can talk about today by looking back; I think America is a country that is very close to particular aspects of its history, and those things have become romanticized, but the dark times we, as a nation, have faced are marginalized. We don’t get to read about them–let alone realize that there are countless layers and voices telling America’s history(ies). Usually, we hear one voice. So this economic downturn and Obama’s presidency are both hallmarks, we all know that, but are we about to reset and rebrand ourselves? Is America ready for that? Seems like that question was answered in November, but if such is the case, we need to come clean about our past. I think that has started, for sure, as more and more “alternative” voices and stories come to into the national consciousness, but really, I know that I am a product of my upbringing, my education, and geography, and can’t speak for anything even remotely resembling a majority. Hmm. So maybe what I would want the new America to have is less of that censoring, but does that land us in a catch-22 of sorts? Maybe I’m just rambling, I suppose. 

Anywho, all the artists featured can be found here.

Special thanks to Wooster Collective.



we’re in a recession? i feel like richie rich.

FASHION>>MISSONI

When Angela Missoni’s collection for Mission fall 2009 debuted earlier yesterday during Milan Fashion Week, one could tell that the designer found her groove. Perhaps due to the past few years of shifting personalities, it seems Angela stretched her creative muscles and said, “Yes, this is me, this is Missoni.” What she presented was a marvelous celebration of the house’s famous knitwear. Let it be known that knitwear is one of the most lucrative niches in the fashion industry at the moment. The history behind Missoni and its retro influences truly differentiate it from what some of the younger designers are doing–especially true now after seeing London Fashion Week. 

The luxe layers and cardigans, the flowing fringed scarves, the scrunched slim pants (I would never call these leggings), fur accenting head wraps, big loops on sweater jackets in maroon, Prussian blue, gold, and burnt sienna, and salmon are mesmerizing. If there is a recession happening, it skipped over the Missoni house.  “‘I wanted to show Missoni has a passion for fashion,'” Angela told Suzy Menkes of IHT. Well said. Watch the interview here and here are some key looks: 

FASHION>>ARMANI

What happened at Armani? From one look to the next, the collection is at times glam and other times forced . If Giorgio is feeling his age and wanted to try to stick it to the rest of the biz, I would say he did far from stellar. The collection is flashy–even for a collection bound to end up at red carpets and chic parties–and can we let the ’80s be dead and gone? The patent leather newsboy hats tended to cheapen some of his looks. This collection left me on the fence; I do like his palette of greys, black and stone but let’s go to the pictures: 

first look with those hats is meh:

gawdy:

uh:

but it can be classy:

with soft, flowing hair and minimal accessories, these gowns would cause less visual overload:

what happened here? randomly placing two flowers and that braided belt/sash doesn’t add to the dress, looks like an afterthought:

but clearly, with minor tweaking, it can be better… why the throwaway looks?

ART>>ROBBIE CONAL

The luscious folks at Wooster Collective sent this great video out in the latest newsletter; L.A.-based Robbie Canal is a street artist and activist, who brings a smile to my face when he talks about his art and, basically, perspective on life. Watch here>> 

MUSIC>>FAST LINKS

Get the toes-a-tapping: Who Made Who “The Plot (Discodeine Remix),” Datarock “Give It Up (Kissy Sell Remix),” and Miike Snow vs Vampire Weekend “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance.”

And who can forget the first song “1901” from the highly-anticipated/I-cannot -wait-another-minute-please-Gawd upcoming spring release from Phoenix? 

Lisa Shaw has a new album Free out on March 10th, and while I love her background in the house scene, the new songs feature a lovely soul vibe. I heard her this morning on KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and had to track down the woman behind the voice. Originally from Toronto, Shaw is blending musical genres and surmounting trends to present a decidedly unique and thus, refreshing sound. 




“looking forward to looking back on these days”
19 February, 2009, 11:12 PM
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Rene Gagnon’s “HOOD”  solo exhibition is this  June 20th to August 15, 2009 at the Narrows Center for the Arts, in Fall River, MA, (in other words, I can see it during my break! holla!). This young lady eerily reminds me of my best friend and they both have that mischievous look in their eyes… mesmerizing. I might have to write a story about her, but in the meantime, you can check out more of Gagnon’s work. Sweetness.



Happy Valentine’s Day
14 February, 2009, 11:36 AM
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Watch the “Playground Love” video featuring street art by Above, and found at Wooster Collective. I assure you this will momentarily make you feel like a kid again and that’s the best!