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this september i had the opportunity to visit the beth cavener stitcher exhibition at the claire oliver gallery in chelsea, new york and in all honesty, i can’t remember the last time i was this impressed with art, let alone contemporary art.

  

the adoration (from van eyck)

“beth cavener stichter addresses controversial, potentially embarrassing subject matter head on and in direct opposition to the reputation of her chosen medium, clay. by employing this classical genre and emphasizing its primitive and raw characteristics, cavener stichter intentionally provokes art-world prejudices. the artist thrives in the depiction of the provocative, blatantly contradicting the traditional and comfortable uses of her medium and imagery. cavener stichter explores child abuse, pornography, self loathing, and insecurity through elegantly crafted goat, hare, and hound proxy. “i select animal subjects,” she says, “since the animal body is removed just enough from my own to establish a distance, yet the personal relationship is irresistible.. here, i become far enough away from myself to unravel questions previously tangled in a self-conscious quagmire.”” (via here.)

admittedly, provocation through art in nothing new. on the contrary, it is such an overused technique that most of what we see nowadays can be described as “provocation just because” (i.e., most artists featured in vice magazine, not to be disrespectful). (most of*) beth cavener stichter’s art on the other hand is so beautiful, one can choose to fully ignore the provocative side of it and just perceive it for its aesthetic values.

* i personally have my issues with some of the sculptures, but that is a personal point of view i will choose not to discuss here.

the white hind (the bride)

no tongue can tell

images via claire oliver.

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caved in and bought this ann demeulemeester wrap-around sequin skirt. it’s not what i usually got for and i’m not too sure i will wear it simply as a skirt (might use it when layering clothes etc.), but it was just too good of a deal to pass by.

waiting in line in front of the H&M store at 7AM.

such is the reality of the situation – after giving it much thought, i finally caved in and went to queue in front of the local H&M store, so i could purchase a few things from the new maison martin margiela collaboration. there are definitely designers i love way more than martin margiela, but it would be a lie to tell that the house he established and its ideas don’t tickle my fancy. this is also where the dilemma comes from – as a fan, a “i’m sure martin margiela himself would have hated the idea of such a collaboration, especially considering all the publicity.” kept playing over and over again at the back of my mind. and i still think so – a collaboration with a fast fashion brand is definitely not what the house once stood for. but life is life and such things happen..

all of that aside, as i already said, i decided to go and buy a few, more like two, things – the faceless watch and the glove coin purse. as you all probably know, most (all?) of the items are re-editions of older ones, those two not being an exception. i fell in love with the faceless watch the first time i saw it, and still do. the idea of time and/or timelessness has always intrigued and inspired me, so being able to incorporate it in the way i dress has been something that really excited me. admittedly, it’s not the first such piece i own, but that is what made it even better – i really liked the idea of combining it with my natalia brilli nolex watch. sadly, i have a tiny baby wrist, so the watch will probably have to be modified somehow. because, yes, it is actually a mens watch, if i forgot to mention..

the other thing i got was the glove coin purse, because apparently i’m starting a glove purse collection now (after my undercover glove clutch). i’ve loved the original piece for so long now, but since it’s so hard to find nowadays, i had to make do with what was being offered – a.k.a, the H&M version. still, it’s a lovely little bag and just enough of a minimal, yet statement piece for me to like.

not going to elaborate on the shopping experience itself, as it had it’s ups and downs and overall wasn’t the best one i’ve ever had, but it was fun, definitely the first time i ever queue for something like this.

and in case any of you suddenly feel overwhelmed by this, honestly disgustingly commercial, side of it all, i’d suggest you go view the beautiful archival images over at history of our world, you won’t regret it!