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the stunning Sonya Esman

artist Scooter LaForge with his friend/muse, the photographer Johnny Rozsa

After great collaborations with companies like Neutrogena, Patricia Field , CA-RIO-CA WEAR, V-FilesAdidas and Walter Van Beirendonck, it wasn’t such a big surprise to me when New York based artist Scooter LaForge  was invited to work with a world recognized brand name such as DIOR.
Scooter was hired to PAINT neon poison flowers on over 20 mirrors at the international launch of DIOR Poison Girl in New York City at the Poison Club, the party was hosted by Camille Rowe and it was definitely an event filled with glamorous chaos; from Bela Hadid to Keke Palmer, gorgeous ladies were all over the space drinking Veuve and posing at all the photos booths spread all over. Even I did the Dior way!

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me with darling friend Scooter.

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london: mary & the martyrs by biLL viola

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When in London, if you decide to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, you must dedicate some time to experience the two installation show exhibits of American video artist Bill Viola; the just unveiled “Mary”, located in the North Quire Aisle, and “Martyrs” (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), located in the South Quire Aisle of the cathedral since 2014. Definitely a must, the two themes deal with the mysteries of human existence, a strong aspect of Viola’s art, since his works  focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness. Mary is concerned with birth, comfort and creation while Martyrs deals with death, suffering and sacrifice. Strangely so, they are in symphony with this journey we are given and it is called “life”. The two installations are the first to be installed on a long-term basis in a cathedral in Britain, works focus on the ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as birth, death and aspects of consciousness.

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“just penis” by fernando carpaneda shakes brasilia

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What always has attracted me to Fernando Carpaneda, artistically speaking, is that in his art, the shock value or controversy is only a natural consequence of his point of view. In my opinion, the Brazilian born artist based in New York City, Carpaneda truly has an eye that goes beyond what could be seen as pornography, by many, reaching out for the love he feels and expresses mostly for the male body in all shapes and forms. There is a raw approach allied to a solid craftsmanship that produces intense art that screams sexuality, but with a valid justification for it to exist in his underground world. There are no boundaries, only the beauty of a journey, sometimes a long one, that leaves no room for hesitation normally found in most people. The show JUST PENIS, curated by Rogério Carvalho, is a combination of 117 works; drawings and photographs of penises taken by Fernando of men from all walks of life. It opens today in Brasilia at the Arte XXX Escritorio de Arte.

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As a bonus, there will also be a screening of the movie Gazelle The Love Issue, where Fernando had an important scene with me during one his shows at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in New York City

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art basel hong kong 2016

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I was able to attend the private viewing of Art Basel Hong Kong; now on its fourth edition and quickly becoming a major art fair event world wide; it is now the most important Asia’s art fair. Personally, my three day trip to HK was so worth since I am testing waters to see what I am going to do next….I cannot be in the nightlife forever.
Before the general public had access to it; it was nice to be able to walk calmly, although it was full, through all the 239 galleries installations. To my surprise, you could actually meet and socialize with the artists themselves. At least that was the case in the two days of V.I.P private viewing. If the economic slow down of China is still present, I guess having artists on location to influence a sell is rather a great incentive.
Definitely, I can say I was in the presence of great quality works of art, which serves me well as a point of reference. It is impossible to feature them all here, but please enjoy these:

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Tromarama

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Roberto Chabet

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 Antony Micallef 

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at Park Ryu Sook Gallery, and no, she wasn’t part of the installation

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Black Milk by Belu Simion Fainaru 

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Annette Messager

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Du Monde

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Kerlin Gallery

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yep, that’s me playing with the “Acrylic Mirrors” by Lee Bul at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac corner

 

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tons do rio by lilian granado

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I finally had a chance to get my hands on the amazing book Tons do Rio by Brazilian photographer Lilian Granado.
“Tons do Rio” which translates to “Shades of Rio” is a visual trip through the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro by the poetic and sophisticated eyes of Lilian. In a smart way, the photographer invites the readers to also find their own way to appreciated the beauty of an already fantastic city: from the simplicity of birds flying on the sky to the interesting approach to capture hung clothes drying under the sun on a clothsline, this is definitely a book for those who love Rio, who will travel to Rio or even if you will never be able to physically know Rio de Janeiro, the freedom and spirit featured on “Tons do Rio” will transport you to it.
This is the first book by Lilian Granado, and it starts with a foreword by Frederico Mendes, who is also a photographer and Lilian’s husband. “Tons do Rio” is published by Reptil .

 

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the pages of “Tons do Rio” are in a degrade format

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this clothesline photo is one of my favorites

 

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thinking inside the box with c.l. demedeiros & gazeLLe

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styled by Gazelle, boxes by C.L. DeMedeiros, funeral ornament broche from DeMedeiros’ archives, angel & bell sculpture by C.L. DeMedeiros.

This past week, I was in the presence of Brazilian self taught artist C. L. DeMedeiros for a “Christmas card” theme project for his upcoming website. DeMedeiros, who is based in New York City, has an extraordinaire mind and throughout the years I have been blessed to have worn many of his creations. Very private but with a rather large and unlimited vision of things, DeMedeiros will launch his personal website in 2016. His work has been displayed at the New York Public Library, The Art Students League of New York, Sing for Hope-Street Pianos project around 5 boroughs of NYC.
And, if you are on my list of dear friends, in 2016 you will be getting one of these two versions of these Christmas theme apporach photos which were styled by me with his “Thinking Inside The Box” new collection.. C.L. DeMedeiros is represented by Marion Harris Gallery.

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  • Lamp piece by DeMedeiros
  • Seagulls headpiece by DeMedeiros
  • Tie headpiece by DeMedeiros
  • me wearing headpiece and dress by DeMedeiros, the artist himself and sculptor/painter Fernando Carpaneda at the release  of Gazelland Art Issue in NYC (2007)

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an enchanting evening at the society of iLLustrators

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  • my second look at the “Scooter LaForge”  Sketch Night (photo by Jorge Clar)
  • my first look, homage to Leigh Bowery
  • my third look (photo by Jorge Clar)
  • Rachel Singer and moi dressed in my favorite Scooter LaForge look (photo by Jorge Clar)
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  • host Ted Michalowski and Scooter LaForge

I remember well, it was 2009 the first time I ever set foot at the Society of Illustrators to attend the event “The Line of Fashion” curated by the super iconic illustrator Robert W Richards, my dear friend and member of that society group. (See the video HERE).
So, of course I didn’t think twice about saying yes when Scooter LaForge invited me to come along to model, some of my looks created by him, at a special Sketch Night dedicated to him at the Society of Illustrators, hosted by artist Ted Michalowski.
It was a marvelous feeling to be in a room filled with young and established illustrators who were given sets of 5 or 10 minutes to draw you. Scooter also invited Jorge Clar and Rachel Singer, who are also both collectors of LaForge’s clothing lines; so we took turns in the small center stage. Believe me, I found out it is not quite an easy job to be standing still, for any amount of minutes, posing in an elaborate and heavy ensemble, but at the same time it was a magnificent experience to be in that prestigious organization.
Below are some of the illustrations – of the three looks I styled – that attendees posted on Instagram. You should also look for #s for Jorge Clar and SparklePrincess (Rachel Singer).

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me with the amazing host/artist Ted Michalowski after the end of “Scooter LaForge” Sketch Night; and yes, we are both wearing SFL.

 

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gazeLLe the love iSSue opens recifest

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  • The amazing Cinema São Luiz main screen 
  • me at the lobby of the Cinema São Luiz waiting for the performance to start (body/face art by Scooter LaForge)
  • Scooter LaForge and moi (photo by Rayanne Morais)
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Gazelle The Love Issue movie by director Cesar Terranova opened the third edition of the Recifest film festival in Recife, a city located on the northeast of Brazil; It was exactly one year after this movie’s world premiere at the Festival MixBrasil gay film festival in Sao Paulo, when it won the best national feature movie award.

This was indeed an amazing experience, and we – Cesar Terranova, Scooter LaForge and I – were so welcomed by the wonderful LGBT community of Recife.

The opening night had a performance that started with the screening of the short movie Castle LaForge which opened for me to reach the center stage, walking slowly, and spraying Angel all over, from the back of the theater seating map, then Scooter LaForge painted my back to the sound of The Flower Duet(Lakmé). You can see the end of this presentation HERE. Once the performance was over, the movie was played on the majestic screen of the Sao Luiz theater, a very iconic building that is preserve by the federal government.

At the end of the screening, we had a chance to meet so many people who came to support the festival. What a great night. The whole production staff of Recifest indeed deserves an applause; they are extremely professional.

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  • after the screening of “Gazelle The Love Issue”, Scooter and I had a chance to meet so many wonderful people who came to the opening of Recifest 2015

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