Sunday, September 17, 2017

Veronika Istomina, From Russia With Love


Photo Courtesyy Of Veronika Istomina

WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
 I'm in Manchester now for few days. I'm always traveling. You never know where you're gonna end up. This is the part of model life. You can be anytime anywhere. I'm based in Moscow, and I'm so proud to be Russian and live in this wonderful country.

WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE WORLD?
It's  difficult to choose which one. Every part of the world has its own charm, culture and interesting things to share. I think one of the cities that amazed me more than I expected was Barcelona. The stunning architecture of Gaudi add an unconventional touch to overall appearance of the city. Warm climate and wonderful people, nice food, arranged infrastructure, wide boulevards, beautiful port, etc. And if we are talking about an entire country then definitely Iceland! I love the attitude of the people, the beautiful landscapes and sense of adventure that is pervasive there. It's a small country but no matter where you go, there is so much to see.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FONDEST CHILDHOOD MEMORIES?
The holiday memories.  My mother would start the week of baking her pies, and cakes, and getting everything ready for the special day.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I always wanted to change people's lives for the better. I wanted to make everyone laugh.

WHAT HAS BEEN A SEMINAL EXPERIENCE?
It's my entire modeling career in general. It really changed me. It's been the only thing I've done with passion.

WHY MODEL?
Why not? It's an amazing opportunity to meet wonderful people and always be fashionable. If you work hard, you have the opportunity to earn lots of money.

DO YOU STILL REMEMBER YOUR FIRST EVER SHOOT?
It's hard to remember in detail. But I remember that it was terribly exciting.

HAVE YOU DISCOVERED ANY NEW DESIGNERS THAT YOU'VE TAKEN TO AS A RESULT OF YOUR JOB?
I'm always happy to work with new designers and concept stores in Russia. It makes me proud about originality in this industry.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
If I had to describe my style.. Well, I couldn't. I wear all kinds of stuff that can't be defined with one simple word. You should see my music collection! Sometimes I almost feel like I'm 10 different personalities in one.

HOW DOES YOU AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER PARTS OF YOUR LIFE?
I'm quite not sure what I'm loving is the result of modeling. It's just my character. I like to open everything new: music, books, art pieces, movies and etc. I can listen Solomun then Future, and after that, Beethoven.

WHAT BEAUTY ROUTINE DO YOU SWEAR BY?
Drinking plenty of water and keeping my skin hydrated is an important part of my regime. I recommend it. Do what makes you happy. If you can fulfill balance in life, take 20 minutes to read something, exfoliate, put on a mask and releave some of the stress. It's not about the nice products, you are also spending time on yourself and well-being. You can efface things because you think they’re not good for you or they are not healthy. And embrace your beauty, whatever it is.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING? 
Basically everything I didn’t have time for during all the hustle of the week. I never feel pressured to do anything just because other people expect me to. I’ll be spending the summer doing research. I'm learning to cook, reading, making art, creating memories with friends.

HOW DO YOU RETURN TO CENTER?
A glass of wine in the evening helps me unwind after a busy day. If I'm feeling stressed, one of the best things I can do is go for a run or hit the gym.

Sneaker Genius

  Photo Courtesy Of Veronika Istomina

This contemporary urban footgear is obviously by Christian Louboutin.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Esther Sibiude, Artist

Photo Courtesy Of Esther Sibiude

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE TO DO YOU PRESENTLY LIVE?
I was born in Prades, a little town in the Pyrenees in France, and grew up in different places: Moroni,Comoros, Bonn, Germany, Paris, France, Los Angeles,U.S. and Berlin-Germany. Now I live in New York City.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR CURRENT CITY OR HOMETOWN?
The best thing about New York is its fancy trash on the streets, I find incredible stuff for my art.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I was trying as much as possible to not think about the future. This changed at some point.

WHAT HAS BEEN A PIVOTAL MOMENT?
I remember doing a hike with my father in the Sahara desert in Sudan when I was§17years old. This was an impressive esthetic moment.

WHY ART?
Why not? It would be totally weird for me to do anything else.

WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND TRAINING?
After studying philosophy for a year in Paris, I wanted to go to art school which I did then in Berlin UDK for six years.

WHAT'S INTEGRAL TO THE WORK OF AN ARTIST?
Necessity is important to me.

WHAT THEMES DO YOU PURSUE?
I work more with problems than with themes. One of my problems is the impossibility to look inside yourself, so I try to find external systems that remind me of how it might look like inside.

WHAT'S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS AND PREFERRED MEDIUM TO WORK WITH?
I usually start collecting things, stuff, ideas. They all meet in the studio. It s like a big conversation with love, dramas, fights. I often get excited about new materials I discover and experiment a lot with it. This gets very physical and intuitive. At the end, I reduce and come back to sense again, hopefully. It s a lot of fun, a lot of thinking and a lot of trouble. The medium always depends on the ideas and vice versa.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ON A DAY TO DAY? My new husband. 10. IN WHAT CONTEXT DO YOU PLACE YOUR UPCOMING INSTALLATION, "BLACK BOX" (CURATED BY LOLITA CROS)?
BLACK BOX, is the product of me walking through the streets of New York and observing delivery trucks since a year. All the material I use for this installation is new to me because it comes from this monster I met; New York.

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
Walking, collecting stuff, observing people in the subway, eating Chinese food, going out, standing at art openings totally bored, talking to strangers, skyping with my artist friends in Germany, calling my mother in Britanny, living in Carroll Gardens, not watching TV, or if I do, being schocked by the news, going to the New Museum or Whitney when I have time.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING?
I probably stay in bed then. Or play my harp. But that 's also a lot of work.

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I like to dance. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

About To Drop

Photographed By Ellinor Forje 

The unsolved mystery that is iPhone X.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lolita Cros, Curator

Photo Courtesy Of Lolita Cros

WHERE ARE YOUR RIGHT NOW AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
New York. I've lived in NY for 10 years.

WHERE WERE YOUR BORN AND RAISED?
I was born and raised in Paris, but I lived in Casablanca for a couple years.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU CITY OR HOMETOWN?
The food and the walks.

WHAT WERE YOUR ASPIRATIONS GROWING UP?
I went from wanting to be a butcher to a stylist, to a scientist, to head of "Beaux-Arts Magazine".

WHY CURATOR?
I had a very good art history teacher in middle school who turned me onto art. I was looking forward to the class all week, I loved writing essays for it. it just gave me an incredible high. When I went to college I felt the same way talking to my friends about their artworks, it was getting me so excited and I wanted to share my excitement with a wider audience. So that's how I started curating. I liked the idea of translating a conversation, or a thought into a big art show.

WHAT IS YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?
I went to Bard College for Art history.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION AND DO YOU EVER FEEL JADED BY THE  FLUCTUTATE OF INFORMATION? 
I kind of find inspiration everywhere, in the subway, on Instagram, friends, music, artists. Yesterday I had a very interesting conversation at dinner, and today all I could think about is "how do I translate that into a show?" I've stalked people on Instagram thinking, "Why do I stalk, why her, why do human sniff each other's butts all the time?" and from that came a show! in that way I don't feel that overwhelmed by the digital age because the organic world is just as lush.

WHO DO YOU RANK AMONG YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS AND ERA?
Hard to say. I think Manet is the father of contemporary painting and photography. And because I lived in France I got to see a lot of paintings and frescoes from the early 18th century Rococo period. It's pink and kinky, so making a comeback amongst millennials!

WHAT MEDIUM APPEALS TO YOU THE MOST?
I'm open to anything, I've curated paintings, photography, performance, video art, sculptures. One thing is for sure I like to mix them up.

HOW DO YOU SELECT THE ART FOR A SPECIFIC VENUE?
It depends on the venue. since each of the spaces I chose have a strong symbol attached to it, I usually think of a piece that could play with the function or the connotation associated to the space.

HOW DOES YOUR AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN YOUR OWN LIFE?
I'm a pretty classic person. I like my basics: Converse in my closet, Le Corbusier couch in my living room, love a good throwback song and for food, give me a steak and potatoes and I'll be very happy.

 HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
 I've been dressing the same way my whole life. Currently wearing blue and white striped overalls with a Petit Bateau shirt and red Repettos.I'm pretty sure you can find a picture of me at age two wearing the exact same thing. Same for makeup, with a little more mascara now.

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO WHEN YOU'RE NOT WORKING?
When I'm not working I go to Chelsea and look at galleries, or to a museum. Otherwise, I walk to the West Village or take the ferry to Red Hook to visit Dustin Yellin's studio and check out his space: Pioneer Works

HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I have a cold beer.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Well I'll Be Damned

Photo Courtesy Of Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Online Collection

Slap me silly. But, seriously though. The solider in the painting, "Bashi-Bazouk", by Jean-Léon Gérôme, looks exactly like John Boyega. In profile, at least.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Nebulus Flair, The Body Painter

Photographed By Nebulus Flair

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND RAISED AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born and raised in West Philadelphia, and right now, I'm still living in Philly. I dont think I'll leave anytime soon.

WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR PRESENT CITY OR YOUR HOMETOWN?
For me, the best thing about Philly is everything, if you ask me. From the good to the bad. I just feel like Philly births some really resilient people and it constantly serves an a reminder to remain resilient and to persevere.

WHAT WERE YOUR INFANT ASPIRATIONS?
At first my aspiration was just to have something to look forward to. And although that's still part of my reason it turned to really wanting to use this gift that seems like it just dropped in my lap. Like now I aspire to constantly amaze myself or shock myself. I aspire to really come out of this shell I've been in my whole life. I aspire to be more than I've ever fathom. It's a thrill when I think back on how art entered my life.

WHAT HAS BEEN A SEMINAL EXPERIENCE?
I would have to say it's my whole artistic career in general. Art has really changed me. It has been the only thing I've "stuck with" and it just never ceases to amaze me.

WHY ART?
At this point art is my reason. It's my joy. It's how I break away from this crazy ass world and what it tells and forces people to be or do. I look at art as a path or like a journey, what I'm witnessing along the way that I couldn't have seen any other way. Or, by doing what I was doing before the art came. Art is the infinite catalyst to my purpose.

WHAT'S YOUR BACKGROUND TRAINING?
I honestly have no formal background training in art. I lept and found my wings on the way. I didn't go to school or partake in any lessons as a child. So far my training has been trial and error. A lot of erasing and prime.

DO YOU PURSUE ANY THEMES THROUGH YOUR CRAFT?
The idea of freedom is reoccurring in my art. Freedom to be yourself, to break away, to find your own truth, to make your own way.

WHAT TOOLS AND MATERIALS DO YOU USE?
I'll literally use anything. Paint / body paint of course. But I find thrill in anything really. Anything big. I dont like small canvases. Glue. Glitter. My mind.

WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?
I normally freestyle when I body paint. When I paint on canvas I usually have to see a vision of something cool. Or, I have to see colors. Like right now for some reason I see light blue and like fire truck red. It always starts as something I see. Then I get some water and turn music on and get busy.

WHAT OR WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST INFLUENCE ON YOU?
Well when I first started painting I spent a lot of time alone. I sat with my thoughts a lot and when it got to be too much I would go to the library in the center city and just roam the art section. I was inspired more so by the stories of artists. When I got to Basquiat's name I feel like I fell in a hole reading up on him. I was heavily influenced and I think it was because he seemed like he couldn't paint at all when you saw his paintings, and there I was with no art background telling people I was an artist. And so I connected with him on another level. Thought it was hilarious when I found it he actually could paint and draw. I've had dreams about Basquiat. It was some time after I did a few art shows in the city when he came in my dream as the old Samo with the blonde Mohawk and he asked me if I was gonna have fun and I took it as like, "Hey, listen the moment your not having fun with this shit be done". So I'm constantly influenced to stay inspired and to have fun with this stuff. Basquiat keeps my art from the heart. I barely paint things I don't wanna paint or do things I don't want to do.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? 
My name is Nebulus, without the "O",  Flair...If anything my style will always let you know I do what I want. It's wispy and warm. Sugar and spice. This all goes for my fashion sense and art. My style is never the same two days in a row.

HOW DOES YOU AESTHETIC TRANSLATE IN OTHER ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE?
I'm so before my time I think, so spaced out that I kind of created a whole world with a population of one, to the point people in my city will know when I come around or know when I had my say in something creative because I just exude Nebulus Flair. Everything spills over to being raw, untamed and infinite.

ANY BEAUTY RITUALS YOU SWEAR BY?
Rest! I'm not one of them I'll sleep when I die persons. I think rest is very important. I also love drinking lemon and honey infused water. I notice it helps clear my skin if I drink enough.

HOW DO YOU SPEND A DAY OFF?
Resting and listening to music. Daydreaming.

HOW DO YOU STAY MINDFUL?
I spend a lot of time alone.

Bonbons

Photographed By Ellinor Forje

From Edith & Ella.