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Sergei Sviatchenko: For Light and Memory

The Maverick Image Maker and Style Connoisseur Is Celebrated in Berlin

Fragments of animals, trees and human faces come together in this series of surreal collages from multidisciplinary artist Sergei Sviatchenko. Sourcing material from his own photography, the Ukraine-born, Denmark-based collagist splices Soviet landscapes with contemporary motifs from rock culture and avant-garde cinema. The visual remixes will soon debut alongside Sviatchenko’s collected paintings in For Light and Memory, the first comprehensive survey of his work at Gestalten Space in Berlin. “It’s my personal photo archive,” he explains, “the whole period of my life, including my very strict education and the hippie movement.” Having been featured in publications including Dazed & ConfusedIt’s Nice That and Elephant, Sviatchenko is also the proprietor of Close Up and Private, a cult style blog documenting preppy, minimalist menswear from across the globe. “I noticed the blogging culture and just wanted to participate,” admits the artist, who uses the site to propagate clever, manifesto-like statements such as “Serge Gainsbourg looked smart in a trench coat and so do you,” and “Cherish a good relationship with your parents.” This week, the polymath turned the ongoing project into a printed edition, launching the super-sized Close Up And Private #01: The Yellow Issue in collaboration with Florence’s leading menswear tradeshow Pitti Immagine Uomo.

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  • TODAY'S EXTRA
    TODAY'S EXTRA

    Studio Sviatchenko

    A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Where the Artist Creates His Magic

    Surrounded by his collection of vinyl records, books and ephemera, Sergei Sviatchenko assembles an original collage before showcasing other multimedia works in this series of snapshots taken in the artist's studio in Viborg, Denmark by photographer K. Nielsen. “I was tired of conceptual art and started to work with painting,” Sviatchenko says of his 1985 move to the Nordic nation from Kiev, Ukraine, where he had begun his career in the then small avant-garde scene. The ever-dapper painter, collagist and most recently, founder of the Close Up and Private style blog, seems optimistic about the cross-disciplinary potential of his chosen formats. “I think collage today is a growing medium both for new artists and in fashion,” he says. “It gives totally new imagery to the contemporary landscape.” 

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  • MOST SHARED IN FASHION
    MOST SHARED IN FASHION

    Adrien Sauvage: Dress Easy

    The Dapper Polymath Shares His Lifestyle Philosophy in a Sharp New Short

    British made-to-measure maverick Adrien Sauvage enlists Submarine star Craig Roberts as his disciple in a self-directed new film explaining the deceptively simple philosophy of “DE”, or “Dress Easy.” Following stints as an English international basketball player and a roving personal stylist, the 29-year-old established his A. Sauvage label and opened a boutique on London’s Maddox Street earlier this year. Now dressing the likes of Noomi Rapace, Richie Culver and NBA star Luol Deng, Sauvage crafts outfits combining subtle innovations like beltless trousers with vibrant Akan patterns reflecting his Ghanaian heritage. “Craig and I were on a shoot together earlier this year,” says Sauvage of casting the 21-year-old Welshman in the role of “The Student.” “I was digging his awkward and unpredictable silence. He had the sensitivity of DE and reminded me of a young Dustin Hoffman.” The ethos of DE involves simplifying styling decisions to free up time to concentrate on more important matters. The Disciple of DE follows on from Sauvage’s previous film, The Art of DE, which introduced the idea and screened at Sundance. Here, the designer reveals how that art can be applied to any given task.

    Ordering a drink at a busy bar
    The DE man has time on his side and a queue does not phase him. The DE man stands out from the crowd so never has to wait long.

    Erecting an umbrella
    The DE man unclasps the umbrella, smoothly holds it at arms length and pushes the release button, simultaneously gliding it aloft. The DE man never has a push-up umbrella.

    Making a cup of tea
    The DE man waits patiently for the kettle to boil. Two sugars––never a third, no matter how sweet his tooth may be.

    Cutting a length of kente cloth
    The DE man surveys the cloth, plotting in his mind his direction. The DE man cuts in the most direct and efficient path so no cloth is wasted.

    Defusing an argument
    The DE man would never be in an argument. Each sentence is thought out, and opinions are expressed in a clear concise manner. No one disagrees with the DE man.

    Scoring a three-pointer
    With his back turned to the hoop, the DE man knows where the hoop sits. With a swift pivot and an easy follow-through the points are scored.

    Completing a crossword
    The DE man will study the crossword until he knows the answers to all the questions. Only then will he fill in the crossword. The DE man will not sit and dither.

    Writing a letter
    The DE Man writes in short and precise sentences, knowing exactly what is to be said and how. The DE man does not write about nonsensical subjects.

    Rowing a boat
    The DE man rows a boat with the effortlessness and ease afforded to him by his clothing. The DE man is comfortable in every situation.

    Visit our Facebook page to see Sauvage’s behind-the-scenes shots from the set here, and revisit his "surrealism" Q&A here.

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