Parisian-born, New York-based conceptual artist Cyril Duval works under the fictional alter ego brand Item Idem (Latin for ‘the same’), specialising in art, fashion, branding and retail design – and it’s fair to say he has a pretty sweet resumé. Having done everything from designing Bernhard Willhelm’s flagship boutique in Tokyo to working with brands like Gucci and Comme des Garçons, Item’s also gained his fair share of notoriety over the years, having been sued by Louis Vuitton (among others). We caught up with him for an exclusive interview.
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Dutch-based independent design duo Pinar & Viola (aka Pinar Demirdag and Viola Renateare) are the creative minds behind Ecstatic Surface Design, a conceptual, hyper-detailed take on visual aesthetics that pushes contemporary imagery to glittering, overloaded extremes. In this exclusive interview, the pair talk political sex scandals, the concept of beauty and why Michael Jackson is the perfect Pinar & Viola pin-up. Read the rest of this entry
Brooklyn-based artist and sculptor Luis Gispert originally made a name for himself with his ‘hip-hop baroque’ pieces – and in 2011, after 10 years experimenting with this style, Luis marked the end of this period of his career with one final project, documenting the weird and wonderful world of faux designer themed car interiors and apparel. Here, he gives LOGO an exclusive interview on the two-year series, touching on imitation culture, fetishising brands and stumbling across a meth lab. Read the rest of this entry
We get an exclusive interview with the group who defaced a £50 million painting at the Tate Modern last week. A bold new artistic movement, or simply a publicity-seeking act of vandalism? We find out more.
Marcin Łodyga and Vladimir Umanets are the minds behind the emerging underground philosophy known as ‘Yellowism’. With a manifesto that states that Yellowism is ‘not art or anti-art’, the movement was relatively unknown until last week, when Vladimir was arrested for criminal damage, having defaced artist Mark Rothko’s famous mural Black on Maroon in the Tate Modern (pictured above, with Vladimir’s addition). Having (embarrassingly) hung the abstract expressionists’ work the wrong way round for years, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Tate Modern staff might be feeling somewhat cursed…
At the time of writing, Vladimir is still incarcerated, but we managed to track down co-founder Marcin to give us an exclusive interview on the stunt, as well as more on the pair’s decidedly unique ideas on art, exhibitions and the concept of reality. Read the rest of this entry
Because one man’s trash is another man’s wicked cool artwork.
Just because something’s no longer able to carry out its intended function doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily useless. From old bike parts to discarded computer components, we explore the work of artists able to see beyond the bin to envision artwork that’s innovatively novel and environmentally friendly – and perhaps even beautiful. Let’s just hope they washed everything first. Read the rest of this entry
Ever seen a poorly preserved penguin? A shittily stuffed seagull? Well, when Lisa Black does, she restores them with cogs and hinges to create some incredible mechanical animals.
You know how bad it looks when taxidermy goes wrong – but are any of us doing anything to improve it? Artist, sculptor, jeweller and self-professed animal lover Lisa Black is, with the creations of her ‘augmented’ animal cyborgs. Combining an interest in the animal kingdom with ideas of a future where technology and biology work together in synchronicity, her Fixed creations fuse taxidermied animals with mechanical components – provoking the viewer to examine their ideas on the word ‘natural’. Read the rest of this entry
Ever wanted to make it snow in summer? The Kut collective made it happen in the Latvian capital – and this is only the beginning.
Latvian guerrilla collective Kut made headlines this summer when they made it ‘snow’ in Riga. Unleashing sacks of fluffy cattail seeds from a roof, the city was soon covered, with the film documenting the event, Oh Joy, simultaneously transforming Kut into a worldwide online sensation. We tracked down the mysterious group for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the stunt, and to gain a better perspective on their underground world. Read the rest of this entry
The only thing better than a realistic celebrity portrait is a realistic celebrity portrait made out of thousands of teeny tiny little things.
Celebrities. Whether you slavishly follow every breaking news story about LiLo’s latest sexploit and R-Patz’s favourite new hair gel to the letter, or run away screaming every time an advert for ITV2 comes on, it can’t be denied that famous faces are everywhere we turn these days. Forget ultrarealistic HD photos though – a selection of artists have taken to recreating these illustrious mugs using everything from sweets to barcodes to even hole-punched paper for your viewing pleasure. Check out our selection of the world’s most inventive celebrity micro mosaics. Read the rest of this entry
Along with fellow photographers David Bailey and Brian Duffy, Terry O’Neill’s images defined the Sixties era, and the last six decades have seen him shoot every star-studded name from Churchill and Brigitte Bardot to The Rolling Stones. We talk to Terry about his upcoming Reworked exhibition at London’s Rook & Raven gallery, and what it means to truly be an icon.
Your upcoming Reworked exhibition will see a range of contemporary artists reinterpret your work. What made you decide to go for the reworked format?
Working with Rook & Raven’s eclectic mix of contemporary artists really appealed to me; I love feeling excited about what young talent can do with my images. This project has given me a real buzz. It reminds me of the sixties, because there’s no reason or plan – it’s organic, interesting and not clichéd. It’s anarchic, which is what the sixties were all about. Read the rest of this entry