The Heart is not a Metaphor

Way back when I was in New York over the holidays, I shockingly managed to drag myself to midtown and take a trip to MoMA for the first time in almost a year. I’ve seen the permanent collection about a million times, so I expected it to be a semi-redundant venture, but the specialized exhibitions ended up being absolutely spectacular. I expected the Matisse Cutouts to leave me totally spellbound – they did – but the big shocker was definitely the Robert Gober exhibit in the bottom floor contemporary gallery.

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From the ‘Mature Subject Matter’ sign outside the space doors to the virtually empty front room, I was immediately put on edge. The erie imagery and super redacted gallery space created such a surreal experience, not unlike a haunted house, albeit with more subtle, psychological scares.

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Visually, my favourite spaces were easily the series of wallpapered rooms. Being surrounded by such symbolically heavy imagery created such a beautifully encompassing effect, transforming the room itself into the work of art, and the viewer into an involved subject.

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Gober’s choice of including a small section of thematically similar works by different artists was one that I personally really enjoyed and respected, although it did seem slightly disjointed as I was experiencing it in person. The sudden shift from such strong and consistent imagery was slightly disconcerting, but in hindsight, the decision to elevate the act of curation to an art form in itself was one that I found very intriguing and in line with my own perspective of art.

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Ultimately I found the solo exhibition to be a huge success, especially seeing as Gober’s art lends itself incredibly well to being shown in a continual context. Robert Gober has never been an artist I’ve lent towards for inspiration, primarily because his I feel his pieces fail to truly inspire understanding when shown alone. As an immersive experience, however, they create a moving and thought-provoking representation of humanity.

Enjoy

x Syd

Images from MoMA.

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Instant Language → MFW Highlights

Being the elitist asshole that I am, I’ve generally had a tendency to disregard all of the international fashion weeks as secondary to Paris Fashion Week. It’s pretty evident that the commercially overrun NYFW and neophytic (but still super interesting and innovative – not an insult) LFW don’t really stand a chance against the home of the classic couturier, but I never really had a characteristic to attach to Milan…

Shockingly, although it may solely be due to my lack of exposure/interest in past seasons, almost all of my favourite collections came from designers who showed at MFW.

Jil Sander

Such a stunning, wearable collection. The use of colour and beautifully conceptualized patterns definitely evoke a sense of ~fashion as art~, but the characteristically minimal silhouettes and insanely clean construction keep the looks incredibly refined. If I ever get commissioned to solve an art theft or jewel heist, this is the go-to look. My only criticism is that some of the looks show little innovation, but they’re still in such incredible taste, I can easily look past that.

Missoni

Maybe a surprising pick, but I had to give a lil shoutout to Missoni for their solid combination of innovation and quintessence. I’ve given Missoni soooo much grief over the years for leaning on that goddamn chevron print, and while I still feel that a lot of this collection was in bad taste, a few of the looks really blew me away. The unique and experimental colour and pattern combinations still heavily reference the classic Missoni aesthetic, but in a way that doesn’t read too literal. The cuts still read a bit geriatric, but you can’t win em all…

Prada

The one, the only… Aesthetically, everything about this collection took my breath away. From the immense set designed by legendary architecture and design firm OMA, to the range of sunglasses, gloves, brooches, and bags included with each look, no detail was overlooked. Once again, the combination of colour is something I personally find super inspiring, and the circular, geometric print repeated on coats, skirts, and bags is so perfectly juxtaposed with the vintage silhouettes. Other than the beautiful coats and accessories, this isn’t a collection I’d really wear, but definitely epitomizes my idea of ~fashion as art~, and I’d love to have one of the bejewelled neoprene dresses framed and hung on my wall.

What a bittersweet end to fashion month! This is essentially the first time I’ve made the attempt to keep up to date on shows, and while it’s essentially been a hobby in itself, I’ll definitely miss not having a crazy-stocked instagram feed.

Enjoy

x Syd