Browsing Category: fashion

  • Jakob Dahlgren, Peinture abstraite (2001 – present)

    Artists often go too far. Sometimes it can seem that any art worth its salt has to do just that, to show some form of excess, to do something inordinately repetitive, or of course skilled. Jakob Dahlgren’s thirteen year-long durational project will have many scratching their heads, asking what is the point? But to provoke …

    April 9, 2014
  • Hannah Knox, Buff (2013)

    Painting is an empty pocket. The content it once contained, the paint itself, has in many cases gone. In all cases now, a stretched canvas is a blank canvas. Put in it what you will. So the unadorned white t-shirt you see here, the unifying image from a show which shares its name, is more …

    September 22, 2013
  • Malgosia Stepnik, City of Angels (2013)

    Halfway between painting and photography, Stepnik’s photos show people halfway between their usual everyday life and then what might be called the disease of the future. The Polish artist has colonised their skin. Dayglo pixels creep around the countours of their faces. Hair is electrified with luminous colour. But these touches draw you in, rather …

    May 8, 2013
  • Matthew Stone, Propaganda (2012)

    This piece floats on a perilous sea of style mags; they buoy up a marble-effect plinth. Matthew Stone is not cool, he is stone cold. But these publications have more gravity than usual. Their covers are stuck to blocks of wood, giving each more permanence than a sheaf of glossy pages. A muted printing technique …

    September 18, 2012
  • Coco Cartier and Ezili Lagerfeld, Voodoo Chanel (2011)

    Brand power is interesting because brands are power. They can attract money and votes. They can set the conditions for certain types of behaviour. Even weapons have brands. This show makes a target out of one luxury fashion brand and at first you wonder why. It is after all only a designer label. Chanel is …

    March 15, 2011
  • Interview: Melissa Logan and Nadine Jessen

    There is something unholy going on, although it is not clear quite what, and there was nothing about bones and hair in the manifesto for the show. “Voodoofesto,” Melissa Logan corrects me. Stacks of folded t-shirts are laid out on a white shelf. The logos say Chanel, but the slogans add “voodoo”. I look around …

    March 9, 2011
  • Diane Arbus/Chicks on Speed/Arabicity/July must-sees

    Here’s another round up of stories written in the past week for Culture24: Preview: Diane Arbus – Artist Rooms, Nottingham Contemporary Preview: Chicks on Speed – Don’t Art, Fashion, Music, Dundee Contemporary Arts Preview: Arabicity: Such a Near East, the Bluecoat Culture24’s art must sees for July

    July 11, 2010