Let the Grammy-Winning Guru of Record Production Guide You Toward New Year Nirvana
Recording artist whisperer and all-around wizened sage Rick Rubin contemplates life and art on the stunning cliffs outside his Malibu residence in this short film by Alison Chernick. The mogul ruminates on living in harmony with nature, the importance of recreating its perfection in art, and the transcendental power of sound before leading us into a guided meditation, a practice he has followed since becoming fascinated with yogis as a teenager. His trademark beard, untouched since he was 23 years old, pays clear homage to their spiritual influence. The story of Rubin’s beginnings at Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons in 1984 from his New York University dorm room has become the stuff of legend. He has since become one of the most influential producers in the history of pop music, producing seminal hip-hop albums by artists such as LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C., and The Beastie Boys, with an unparalleled knack for genre-bending and critically acclaimed covers. He has also masterminded the late-career resurrection of a number of artists via American Recordings, exemplified by Johnny Cash’s victorious comeback. Add to that eight Grammy awards, being named one of Time’s most influential people in the world, and a co-presidency of Columbia Records, and Rubin has more than earned his magic reputation. “He is on a journey through the spiritual and creative wilderness,” says Chernick. “It’s transformative to witness.”
The Celebrated Hairstylist Reflects on the Aspirations Guiding His Artistry
Visionary hairstylist and artist Bob Recine sits down with filmmaker Alison Chernick in his New York studio to reflect on his friendship with Andy Warhol, the eternal quest for beauty, and collaborating with Lady Gaga on a room made entirely out of hair for one of Barneys window displays last Christmas. Growing up as part of New York’s rebellious 1970s punk scene, Recine took an early interest in urban art and music, building a vast portfolio and playing in multiple bands before translating his creative pursuits into hairdressing. Known today for his exquisite styling and sculptural coiffures, Recine has made bold statements on runways and in campaigns for the likes of Chloé, Kenzo and Jil Sander. “He is on a quest to find that transient moment of beauty,” says Chernick, likening Recine to the groundbreaking El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià. “His work transforms the medium from which it was born.” From Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino to Irving Penn and Helmut Newton, Recine has collaborated with every major photographer, and his 'dos have graced covers of most leading fashion publications, including W, i-D, V, Harper’s Bazaar, and every global edition of Vogue. This month, the highlights of the industry legend’s lengthy career in hairstyling, art and sculpture—including a human figure made from 60lbs of hairpins—are gathered in Freedman/Damiani's new book, Bob Recine: Alchemy of Beauty.
The Erotic-Minded Artist Captures Japan's Next Wave for Tokyo's Cult Fashion Magazine
The man known for his S&M slant turned his lens to Japan's bleeding edge to shoot the second issue of limited-edition Tokyo-based style magazine The Reality Show. Director Kensui Arao filmed the behind-the-scenes action as Nobuyoshi Araki captured tastemakers including model-actress Kiko Mizuhara, triathlete Jessica Michibata and concept band The Plasticzooms, who created the video's original soundtrack. “It was like a zoo, a Tokyo fashion zoo,” says editor-in-chief Tiffany Godoy, who founded The Reality Show in 2010 with art director Tomoyuki Yonezu. The two conceived of the title as a way to showcase Japanese style with a global perspective: inviting a select mix of models, actors, artists and street-fashonistas to meld their own wardrobes with the latest collections from Western designers, including Lanvin, Balenciaga and Tom Ford. “There’s fantasy and beauty in what we make, but it’s still realistic,” explains Godoy, an L.A. native who has lived in Tokyo since 1997. “These are real people who are influencers, and this is what they really wear and really think. We're just refining the way it’s presented." Best known for his provocative photographs incorporating kinbaku (the art of Japanese rope tying), Araki has published over 500 books of his artwork and exhibited around the world at such institutions as The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and London's Hayward Gallery.