The Rising Artist Captures South London's Bold Venice Statement in a Psychedelic Video Work
Baldessari-like shapes of color float into view in Made With Minds, a surreal new film by Cécile B. Evans. The Belgian-American artist uses the Palazzo Peckham, an innovative gallery space which popped up during this year’s 55th Venice Biennale, as an unearthly backdrop for one of her first forays into video art. The former boatyard and current warehouse on the edge of the floating city was transformed into a grungy hub for a host of South London artists. Today’s film features some of their work, such as a salon filled with real-life palm trees erupting through skylights from Rob Chavasse, a psychedelic lobby created by Jon Rafman and pieces by Dora Budor, Samara Scott, Victor Timofeev and Amy Petra Woodward. “We didn’t want to base it on ordinary gallery models,” explains Lucky PDF’s Ollie Hogan of the space he created with gallerist Hannah Barry. “The style of the work emerging in Peckham is very much art for social environments, which is democratizing practices and creating conversations between people and networks.” Inspired here by the tension between idealism and failure inherent in propaganda films while also reflecting on the digital art she is known for, Evans has previously exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Art Basel, Miami, and last year received the 2012 Emdash Award, Frieze Art Fair’s annual prize for emerging artists.
Filmmaker KT Auleta's Nostalgia Fest Revisits Three Stylish Events Missing from the Games
Baseball, tug of war, and racquets are playfully memorialized in Super 8 shorts by photographer and filmmaker KT Auleta. Taking advantage of the rich color tones film affords, Auleta created minimalist, conceptual sets and let the models take center stage. “With the grain of Super 8, there is a real visual depth, a sexiness,” says Auleta, who has shot for the likes of Viktor & Rolf, Opening Ceremony and Louis Vuitton, and lensed editorials for Elle, i-D and Vogue. “I wanted a carefree feel from the models, allowing playfulness and the interplay between the sexes to shine through.” Along with the likes of croquet, motor boating, pigeon shooting and tandem cycling, the three featured sports disappeared between Olympic cycles over the course of the century. Tug of war—invented in the ancient Chinese State of Chu over 2,400 years ago—appeared over two decades between 1900 and 1920 and was played in two teams of five. Meanwhile, racquets, similar to modern squash except played to 15 points rather than 11 and with a white ball rather than the traditional blue, made a one-time appearance during the London Games of 1908. With baseball missing from this year's Games, Auleta focused on the sport's jovial elements. “I wanted to show six happy, beautiful people having fun,” says the director of her fictional coed team. “Just let the actions play out naturally, leave room for mistakes and capture that energy and lightheartedness.”
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The Figure Skating Champion Shares a Private Moment on the Ice
Renowned American figure skater Sasha Cohen, clad in pale Nina Ricci, glides and spins in this lyrical short film from Jake Sumner. Currently studying at Columbia University, Cohen grew up in California and competed at the top level of skating for more than a decade, winning a gold medal in the US Figure Skating Championships and silver medals at the Winter Olympics and the World Figure Skating Championships. “We wanted to explore the transformation that happens when she’s on the ice,” explains Sumner, who collaborated with stylist Emily Barnes for this film. “When we met, she told me that she tries to become part of the music to deal with the pressure and we thought this would be an interesting focus.” Cohen’s off-the-rink star turns include appearances in Blades of Glory and Project Runway, as well as a collaboration with Klingbeil on a line of skating boots. “When you see her perform, it’s like watching something superhuman,” says Sumner. And if she wasn’t a skater-student-designer, she’d be...
If I were an animal, I would be… a monkey.
If I were a season, I would be… spring.
If I were a dish, I would be… a cupcake.
If I were a film, I would be… My Fair Lady.
If I were a writer, I would be… Vladimir Nabokov.
If I were a mythological being, I would be… Athena.
If I were a work of art, I would be… “The Kiss” by Klimt.
If I were a song, I would be… “Girl from North Country” by Bob Dylan.
If I were a natural phenomenon, I would be… a rainbow.
If I were a cocktail, I would be… a bellini.
If I were a fruit I would be ... a pineapple.
If I were an object, I would be… a seashell.
If I were a quality, I would be… passion.