Contemporary Art, Culture

The Politically Correct Royals

If you tell me you’re not obsessed with the British Royal family, I’d say you were lying. You hardly ever see them doing anything even somewhat average and never do they ever look anything but perfect- a regal life us commoners can never achieve. Fortunate for us, Alison Jackson a Hampshire-born contemporary artist explores the cult of celebrity and our obsession with famous celebrities. Jackson’s series on the Royal family knocks them down a few notches and portrays them a little more like average people. She photographs uncanny doppelgangers in hilarious and intimate scenarios we’ve all thought about celebrities doing, but never have actually ever seen. Jackson challenges our perception of the image, the power of mediated imagery, and our desire to believe. Just imagine the Queen with her knickers around her ankles sitting on the Royal toilet…and now you can see it! You may actually have to take a double-take on some of these…

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Images via Alison Jackson’s website

Now tell me you didn’t believe half of them were real!

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Culture, Uncategorized

Fashion Sketches//Met Ball

The Met Ball is arguably the biggest red carpet fashion event of the year. Even if you have no idea what the Met Ball actually is, you definitely have noticed what everyone was wearing and by now you’ve probably seen about a thousand pictures of the best and worst dressed. This year the Met Ball pays tribute to Charles James, an American designer honoured in the Met’s new exhibition. Refinery 29 enlisted Katie Rodgers, a fashion illustrator to draw her favourite moments of the evening.

These 10 minute watercolour and rhinestone gestural paintings perfectly capture the whimsical romantic theme of this year’s Met Ball.

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta, a tribute to James’ famous petal dress

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Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

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Blake Lively in Gucci

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Emmy Rossum in Carolina Herrera

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Sarah Silverman in Zac Posen

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Toni Garrn in Topshop

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Dita Von Teese in Zac Posen

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Zoe Saldana in Michael Kors

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin and dream of ever wearing those gowns.

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Contemporary Art

OCADU Grad Exhibition

This past weekend was OCADU’s Grad Exhibition and I’m lucky enough to be friends with a few of the graduating artists. I went on opening night so it was a little packed but it was amazing to seeing the graduates’ thesis projects. It kind of made me reminiscent of high school and regret my life choices like majoring in Communication Studies in university…but let’s be honest, I don’t think I could top the talent of this graduating class. Here are some of my favourites:

Katherine Curci

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Some pieces that weren’t included in the show, but wanted to include:

Life Sized Self-Portrait

“Shell” (2014), graphite on paper, 160″x 75″

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“Adaptation” (2013), photograph apart of series from Florence,  (that’s me by the way!)

I’ve been best friends and soul sisters with Katherine for almost 8 years now and it’s absolutely amazing watching her flourish as an artist. She’s definitely one to watch and so multi-talented working in ink, pencil, watercolour and also a great makeup artist. I had a serious #1 fan moment when a few guests came up to her and said her thesis project was one of their favourites from the entire exhibition. This particular piece is of her beautiful mom, Roxanne (who’s also a student at OCADU and seriously a fantastic artist) and I know how emotional and close this project was for both of them. I know she’ll ROCK whatever next in her books. Congrats on all the hard work!!! I can’t wait for my soon-to-be one-of-a-kind Katherine Curci original! You’ll soon be rich and famous and forget about little old me. 

Katherine Blaszczak

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And the piece that started it all:

"Fragmented", Acrylic on Canvas, 12"x 12"

“Fragmented”, Acrylic on Canvas, 12″x 12″

Kathy is one of my friends I met in Florence while she lived with Katherine Curci last year. Knowing the amount of blood, sweat, and tears throughout this thesis project makes me appreciate this piece all so much more. As a HUGE hit at the exhibit, bloggers such as daniesque and sparkstwins began raving about her painting have already proven to be some of her biggest fans after seeing her painting (including me!). I mean…diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? So proud of you Kathy! Congrats!!!

Tania Santer

Tania combines silverpoint drawing and time-based media to depict powerful images of the mental and physical struggle women face in the 21st century. I can’t imagine how many hours she put into choreographing drawings. Just mindblown.

Camille Jodoin-Eng

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“Lighthouse”, Plastic, Wood, Electronic Components, 1 ft x 1 ft x 5 ft

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“Satellite”, Plastic, Steel, Electronic Components, 4 ft x 4 ft x 2 ft

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“Constellation Box (Detail)”, Plastic, Steel, Electronic Components, 1 ft x 1 ft x 1 ft

I literally stopped in my tracks and had to turn around to go into the room that showed Jodoin-Eng’s pieces. The entire room was dedicated to her project and you could tell everyone else in the room was just so fascinated by the mirrored lights as much as I was.

Iskuhi Avagyan

"Supta Kurmasana" Oil on Mylar 42"x 42"

“Supta Kurmasana” Oil on Mylar 42″x 42″

"Marichyasana B", Oil on Mylar, 42" x 42"

“Marichyasana B”, Oil on Mylar, 42″ x 42″

"Bhuja Pidasana", Oil on Mylar, 42"x 42"

“Bhuja Pidasana”, Oil on Mylar, 42″x 42″

There’s something about her thesis pieces that constantly drew me to them. As I’d walk through this particular exhibit I would just find myself in front of them and waiting patiently for guests to take good pictures of her work (which is much deserved!). I love the transparency, tension, and anonymity of the figures in the pieces.

A BIG congratulations to OCADU’s graduating class of 2014! You are all so crazy talented and I’m so excited to see what you guys have up your sleeve next. You’ll be hearing from me again when I’m collecting your art in a few years (hopefully fingers crossed)!

 

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Art History, Contemporary Art, Culture

New Summer Reads

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So I just got these in the mail today and I have never been so excited to read books! If you’re interested in contemporary art and what the art industry is like give these a read. The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark talks about the economics and marketing of contemporary art and patterns of investment. Seven Days in the Art World is a day-in-the-life narrative of the inner workings of the contemporary art world set in New York, Los Angeles, London, Venice, Tokyo, and Basel. I’ll keep you all updated.

Here are the deeper synopses of each book:

The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark by Don Thompson

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton 

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