Author: Fernando Lahoz

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Certainty is an Illusion

“Certainty is an illusion, nothing exists beyond this very moment, the self is the only reality.” Photographer Raffaele Grosso, stylist Nicoletta Cianci, model Heni Udvarias at Monster MGMT Milan, makeup and hair Selica Laneselli using MAC Cosmetics and Aveda. Silver leather jacket by Christian Blanken Flower dress LIZ BLACK Dress LIZ BLACK Leather dress and raincoat CHRISTIAN BLANKEN Dress LIZ BLACK Leather jacket CHRISTIAN BLANKEN

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cul-de-sac by Davide Lantermoz and Maela Leporati

“cul-de-sac” by Milan-based photographer Davide Lantermoz and stylist Maela Leporati, Model Lula@urban, Makeup: Rosario Belmonte @ Close Up Milano, Hair stylist: Dora Roberti @ W-M management using Bumble&Bumble Shirt Frankie Morello, trousers Missoni, sunglasses Lotho Jacket and trousers  Roberto Fragata, bag Melis Yildiz, Shoes Robert Clergerie shirt and skirt Mauro Grifoni, top Ilaria Nistri, bag De Couture, shoes Frankie Morello top Flavia La Rocca, trousers and shoes Frankie Morello top Missoni, belt Andrea Incontri dress and coat Frankie morello

David Baskin – Artist Profile

Negotiating the uncertain border between the art object and consumerism, David Baskin’s recent sculpture explores the underlying agendas inherent in the “formal” properties of everyday consumer goods. Baskin begins with the objects themselves, making molds and casts directly from their forms, or disassembling and reconfiguring them to highlight their not so subtle appeals to our unconscious desires. From an industry that has long appeared obsessed with Freud’s ideas about obsession, come endless sublimations of the latent eroticism lurking underneath even the most benign purchase. Read the interview by Natalie Kates –Words by Peter Scott at Carriage Trade Gallery, interview by Natalie Kates. David Baskin “Chrome Still Life” – “This piece references 17th Century Dutch Vanitas painting as a means to examine the relevance of the still life in today’s culture.” Read the full interview David Baskin “Fountain” David Baskin “Fountain” David Baskin “Fountain” David Baskin – Dove bottles David Baskin – Dove bottles David Baskin – Tulip Mania David Baskin – Tulip Mania After visiting David Baskin’s latest show at Carriage Trade Art Gallery, I …

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To Catch A Kennedy

“To Catch a Kennedy” a fashion editorial by Grant Yoshino and Stylist Todd Pearce, Make Up: Anthony H Nguyen, Hair: Bobby Eliot, Manicurist: Karsen Richardson, Models: Jesse Somera @ Photogenics, Sasha Neboga @ Elite, Wanessa @ Elite. Special Thanks to Evan Dunning @ The Dream Factory LA – On the image: Suit Dior Homme. More Images Dress Johanna Johnson, Leather Blazer Gita Salem, Pants Calvin Klein, Shoes Jimmy Choo, Watch Chrome Hearts Vintage Rolex. Lingerie What Katie Did, Jewelry Glynneth B, Pants Chrome Hearts, Necklace, Ring and Watch Chrome Hearts, Vest Thomas Wylde Lingerie What Katie Did, Robe Stylistss Own, Collar Stockrooom, Dress Camilla and Marc. Top Thomas Wylde, Rings Kyle Chan, Dress Todd Lynn, Purse Alexander McQueen, Earring/Bracelet Glynneth B. Suit Calvin Klein, Top Mugler Suit Calvin Klein, Top Mugler Dress Camilla and Marc, Top In My Air, Hat/Shoes Alexander McQueen, Ring Kyle Chan, Military Cap Stockroom. Shirt and Pants Chrome Hears, Shoes Jimmy Choo, Latex Shirt, Arm Cuff and Military Hat Stockroom.

MARTÍN GUTIERREZ: MARTIN(E), on view at RYAN LEE, New York

Multi-faceted artist Martin Gutiérrez is currently showing at RYAN LEE GALLERY, New York (through Aug 16). The exhibit entitled, Martin(e), is the artist’s first solo exhibition. Through photography, video and performance, Gutierrez showcases his “declaration of personal transformation that upends conventions of race, sexuality, gender, and class.” read more (continue from previous slide) The three part series of videos entitled Martin(e) Pt. 1-3, examines insouciance and dejection through “interlaced vignettes which weave in and out of hypnotic, dream-likes scenes, with reality, revealing a melancholic quest for survival that draws equivocally from the genres of architecture, history, and popular culture.” Gutiérrez also creates a visual wonderland of metamorphose and thought provoking scenarious through a 16 piece photo series entitled Real Dolls. In homage to the Real Doll phenomenon of life-size sex dolls, the artist translates the archetypal roles of four sex doll personas: Ebony, Luxx, Mimi, and Raquel. Casting himself,  Gutierrez describes his compositions as “orchestrated to mirror each doll’s owners desires, combining beauty with the bizarre, elegance with the extreme, and camp with the classical.” The artist …

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On and Off Stage The Black Angels Take Me For a Ride

Live, The Black Angels take you through a time warp, not necessarily to the past but to something very novel. In a musical sense, they are what the past is to now; nostalgic yes, outdated never. –text and photography by Juliana Bojorquez /// With psychedelic visuals veiling over them, The Black Angels opened their Webster Hall show with “Viking,” a song from their Directions to See a Ghost album.The perfect intro with haunting vocals and ritualistic drum beats. Just the type of song to ease one into the shows psychedelic trance. Songs from their 1st album Passover, were performed with the same spontaneity and intensity as songs off their newest album; Indigo Meadow. Perhaps it was the effects of the sweet smoke that filled the air, or a nearby fan cooling me with its breeze, but as Alex Maas sang: “Rolling fast down I-35. Supersonic overdrive,” it made me feel as if riding through the desert on a motorbike, wind blowing through my hair, holding on for dear life. Favorites such as “Young Men Dead,” …

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Lucas by Nicolas Wagner

Straight from the pages of our 4th issue, photographer Nicolas Wagner shot Basque model Lucas Valerdi at Nathalie Models. Styled by Storny + Misericordia, Production Jeanne Hancock, Production Assistant: Amandine Weppe.

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Skeletons in Draemings Closet

Skeletons in Dramings Closet Usually, the first things that come to mind when we hear the words “ritual and seance” are bible bashers or goth girls in black lipstick. We think seizure like gyrations and speaking in weird tongues. Yet we overlook the practice of creating music, art, photos and everything in between can be a ritulistic seance of its own. We dance rhythmically to the music, the tempo holds us- as beats pulsate; enthralling us. We sing and chant to lyrics that may or may not have tangible meaning to us; like having faith in something that is not really there. In photos we take on beings that we may not want to see staring back at us in the mirror, yet release them with the click of a shutter. Here, Dræmings sheds light on her music, rituals of her own, and that embracing the darkness can be as uplifting as holding onto the light. photography by Kalin December, interview by Juliana Bojorquez, makeup Austin Mark. Visit http://www.draemings.com  for more info VAGA: Like a diary entry, …

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Taylor Mead last Andy Warhol’s superstar

Taylor Mead died last Wednesday, May 8th at the age of 88, after over 70 years on the stage. The spunky, wry, and sometimes irreverent actor, performer, playwright, poet, and painter, was still performing every week. Only interrupted the past April when he agreed to leave his tenement apartment in the LES after a long-time battle with the landlords. The following interview was originally published in our 3rd issue in March 2012. New York, December 2011 –Born into and hated by a stuffy, affluent family, Taylor Mead, whose self- described dramatic debut went down at Grosse Point High School in 1930s Michigan, went on to work and party with such greats as Andy Warhol, Frank O’Hara, Dennis Hopper, and Jim Jarmusch. His roles in such films as Lonesome Cowboys (1968), The Queen of Sheba meets the Atom Man (1968), and Tarzan and Jane Regained…Sort Of (1964) were key contributions to a dynamic era of film in the ‘60s led by Andy Warhol, his collaborators, and his contemporaries. Sheet 8 from “Fairy Tale Poem,” Taylor Mead, …

Lucien Hervé: Le Corbusier in India at agnes b.

Lucien Hervé: Le Corbusier in India is currently on view at agnès b. Galerie Boutique (50 Howard St, New York). Hervé worked alongside Le Cobursier as his “official” photographer for more than 16 years, taking thousands of photographs of the architect’s work. The photographs in this exhibition were taken during two trips to India, one in 1955 and one in 1961. The exhibition explores the humanistic and the architectural dimension of some of the most spectacular, evolving cities of the mid-20th century. Image credits: The Accuser, Delhi, India, 1955. See More Images High Court, Chandigarh, 1961. High Court, Chandigarh, 1955. High Court of Justice, Chandigarh, India, 1955. Mill Owners’ Association Building, Ahmedabad, India, 1955. High Court of Justice, Chandigarh, India, 1955. Le Corbusier and Lucien Hervé at the High Court, Chandigarh, India, 1955. (photographer unknown)