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Archive for March 4th, 2008

Viggo Mortensen Photo by Kurt Iswarienko


I love this photograph by Kurt Iswarienko. I just watched David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises (my new favorite film) again last night and it made me think of this amazing photo of Viggo Mortensen. It has a distinct cinematic quality to it. 

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Mk GuthMK GuthOregon artist MK Guth will exhibit at the Whitney Biennial 2008, beginning on March 6th. Guth uses a variety of media to display her work. Her latest project, “Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping,” joins an increasingly participatory trend in the art world. Using the multiplicity of meaning behind braids, Guth weaves strips of fabric with messages people like you and me write to her, answering the question, “what is worth protecting?” One of the most interesting things about this project is the “meaning making”  behind it. The responses to her question can be social, local, political, personal, or all the above. Her project’s meaning takes different shape each time a strip of cloth answering her question is added to the braid. Guth’s projects over the past few years have taken many manifestations of the braid, including these photos of her performing with the braids as extensions. I love the idea of using braids, there are so many cultural meanings to draw from the plait. 

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Little Bean15-year-old Francis Bean Cobain has seen little of the lens considering her mother and late father are some of the most prominent and controversial rockers to date. Most images show her clinging to here mother’s side on the red carpet, or spending time with her godmother Drew Barrymore, but her appearance in February’s Harper’s Bazaar is her most mature portrayal to date.Designers like Bottega Veneta, Zac Posen, and The House of Gucci have been used to bring the woman in Frances to the forefront of this movie themed photo shoot. In this photo inspired by Eva Peron, Cobain wears a belted jacket, skirt, and shoes from Dior by John Galliano, necklace by Isaac Manevitz for Ben-Amun, and gloves by LaCrasia Gloves. Francis reminds us that no matter how young and street you are, spotless and tailored is always cherished.

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