AT the Paris opening earlier this month of “Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs,” the exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs contrasting the Vuitton founder with its artistic director since 1997, a 6-foot-4 bearded fellow was explaining a tableau. It was a group of mannequins, one suspended from the ceiling on wires, with electric blue resin balloons for heads.
An example of his Mr. Santiago's work for the “Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs” show now in Paris.
“I wanted to make balloons elegant and into women,” Desi Santiago said. “So I made the nipple into a bun. I’ve used balloons a lot in my work.”
Niall McClelland's art may be rooted in the subcultures of graffiti and punk rock, but its roughness has been refined through a well executed artistic process. His highly sought after "Tapestry" series includes large-scale works which are made by folding and wearing down large sheets of paper covered in photocopy toner. Toying with balance between control and chance, McClelland also makes vivid prints by allowing inkjet cartridges to seep into the corners of rugged Japanese papers that have been folded and bound, leaving striking psychedelic stains.
We recently caught up with the Toronto-based artist to ask about his process and his upcoming projects.
Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson was best known as a founder member of Throbbing Gristle and Coil, a designer at Hipgnosis, and a videomaker for Greenback Films. In summer 2010, AV Festival commissioned him to compose a work for the 2012 spring Equinox, to be staged at Durham Cathedral, where his father was University Vice-Chancellor from 1960–1979.
Christopherson died in his sleep at home in Thailand on 24 November 2010 before completing the work. This music, film and performance event is a celebratory remembrance of his life and work.
It includes the premiere of three performance sketches with Christopherson‘s original collaborators for the commission: visual artist Alex Rose, sound recordist Chris Watson and vocalist Attila Csihar.
Special guests Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti premiere live remixes from Throbbing Gristle’s nascent, and final, studio album: a 'cover' of Nico’s Desertshore, preceded by a rare screening of Philippe Garrel’s The Inner Scar for which Desertshore was soundtrack and inspiration.
The evening comes to a poetic close with Derek Jarman’s The Angelic Conversation, with a soundtrack by Coil, Christopherson considered the film “truly, a timeless work of art”.
Commissioned by AV Festival with producer Paul Smith. World Premiere.