Digital Artist Mike Lee is set to open his first solo exhibition today at the Arsham/Fieg gallery New York. After a successful international debut in a group show with the Amala Gallery in Tokyo last November, Mike Lee is set to bring his Digital Figures, which appear to levitate within a void, to the New York Gallery. An art series that revolves around an exploration of the female figure, Mike Lee’s “Besties” exhibit emphasises equality, social change and female empowerment. “In light of all women coming together to speak out, it’s about time their voices are being heard loud and clear,” reads a statement form Lee. “Besties” will be comprised of 5 new oil paintings that are continuing on the artist’s exploration of light and shadow through portrayal of his bubbly featureless characters, this time with accent on portraying female figures. These more complex works are an introduction of sorts to his newest body of work that he will be revealing later this month with Over The Influence gallery during Art Basel week in Hong Kong.
Mike Lee – “Besties” Arsham/Fieg Gallery, 337 Lafayette St, NY, 10012
Martin Margiela, the ‘Invisible Man’ of fashion, has a retrospective spanning his 10 years at the helm of his eponymous label opening at the Palais Galliera, Paris this month. Spanning his career from spring/summer 1989 to spring/summer 2009 the exhibition is the first retrospective from the Belgian Designer, and despite his very low key lifestyle, Margiela is credited as Artistic Director for the exhibition as well as writing the captions for the looks and overseeing the wigs and make up on each mannequin.
Graduating from the infamous Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he studied alongside the remaining ‘Antwerp Six’, Martin began with a tenure at Jean Paul Gaultier as his assistant, Gaultier claiming he was by far the best assistant he had ever had and pushed him to start his own line. In 1989 Martin produced his first collection and, along side the other Antwerp Six, continued the legacy of Deconstructionism started in fashion by the japanese designers, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçon & Yoji Yammamoto amongst others.
Seen in the context of our present obsession with 24-hour connectivity and accessibility, Margiela’s work feels refreshingly subversive. Throughout his career he did not give interviews. His label on his clothing was just a plain white label stitched to the clothing, the only visible presence being the two stitches of cotton from the outside of the garment. In terms of his designs, he was years ahead of his time, and this new retrospective provides an opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary intellectual, who was every inch a designer’s designer – Demna Gvasalia, of Balenciaga and Vetements, and Phoebe Philo are both self-confessed fans. It is a testament to his legacy that after Martin Margiela left his label as head designer both Raf Simons & Haider Ackermann both turned down the roll.
The exhibition contains over 130 silhouettes, house archives and special installations and offers an unprecedented look at one of the most influential designers of the 20th century.
Palais Galliera Muséede la Mode de la Ville de Paris. 10, Avenue Pierre ler de Serbie 75116 Paris. March 3rd to July 15th Palais Galliera
Japanese designer, musician and producer Hiroshi Fujiwara is to showcase his ‘Slumbers’ photo exhibition at #FR2 Gallery. Viewers can be expected to find themselves immersed in the experience of being deep in the forest, with a full interactive concept. The godfather of Ura-Harajuku fashion and a major globally influential streetwear designer will also be releasing music along side the exhibition this coming Wednesday. As well as the artwork the show will also introduce limited edition ‘Slumber’ t-shirts, postcards and other accessories. Hiroshi is known for being the pioneer of Nike’s HTM line and the Venom line for Levis.
Slumbers. #FR2 Gallery. 4-29-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo. From 29th Nov
Alison Jacques gallery will be showing a set of three exhibitions of the work of Juergen Teller. From his seminal 90’s work, Go See – a series of images of models sent to his studio in 1998 on a ‘go see’ of which he photographed outside his West London studio to his work photographing Bavarian kids in his collection entitled Bubenreuth Kids in 2017. Made over a 12 month period, Go Sees shows hundreds of photographs of would be models sent to see Teller in the hope of becoming a ‘professional’ model. All the photographs are spontaneous and unedited to show the vulnerability of the young girls trying to emulate the supermodels they desire to be. The exhibition will also show a new body of work entitled ‘A fairytale about a king . . . ‘ an exploration of childhood as told through a fairy tail of a young boy growing up in London that goes on to become a King.
Juergen Teller: Go Sees, Bubenreuth Kids and A fairytale about a King. Alison Jacques Gallery 16-18 Berners St. W1T 3LN 24th Nov – 13th Jan 2018