The Shape of
Things to Come

TOME | CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund alumni

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Founded by two Aussie expats, Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo, TOME has garnered swells of praise from the fashion industry and beyond. According to the designer duo, their current collection aims for a harmonious disconnect: a marrying of levity with serious real-world themes; of art and commerce; of the cerebral and the fun to wear. In this original shoot by photographer Manolo Campion, the clean lines and crispness of summer perfectly express the versatility of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund alumni. 

 

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Earrings: Edgar Mosa | Ring: Amanda Pearl

 

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Earrings: Edgar Mosa | Ring: Amanda Pearl

 

 

Clothing Credits: TOME 

 

CREW CREDITS
Photographer: Manolo Campion
Photo Assist: Michael Tessier
Photo Assist: Jordan Walczak
Stylist: Amarsana Gendunova
Stylist Assistant: Carson Hall
Hair: Lizzie Arneson @Bridge
Makeup: Souhi @Jedroot
Model: Hannah Hansen @Milk
Casting Director: Edward Kim

 

Featured Photo Credits (Right Image): Earring Edgar Mosa | Hosiery: Nicolas Messina

Featured Photo Credits (Left Image): Earrings Amanda Pearl

Ana Strumpf

Illustrated Answers

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The well-known adage “You are what you eat” might be true for some, but for illustrator Ana Strumpf, “You are what you draw” seems a much better fit. The Brazilian native, who spends her time between her homeland and New York City, has become well known for repurposing anything from magazine covers, editorial pages, and even canvas bags to add a surge of color and, at times, even movement. With a unique style that puts a refreshing spin on the fashion world, it’s no surprise the illustrator herself is a refreshing and colorful personality, as evidenced from the illustrations she made to answer our questions.

 

NeueJournal: What did you look like as a child?

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NJ: What is the last movie you watched?

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NJ: What is your favorite piece of clothing?

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NJ: What is your most prized possession?

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NJ: What is the first thing you do in the morning?

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NJ: What is your biggest vice?

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NJ: What is your favorite place in the world?

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NJ: What is your favorite time of the day?

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NJ: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

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NJ: Who do you admire the most?

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Illustrations: Ana Strumpf for NeueJournal 

Portrait Photography: Filipe Redondo

Zoe Buckman

‘Every Curve’

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Does misogynistic work of artistic value have room to coexist with feminist pursuits? This is the core exploration of British artist Zoe Buckman’s newest exhibition, and her first in the United States, ‘Every Curve.’ On view until April 30th, 2016 at Papillion in Los Angeles, ‘Every Curve’ is an intricate body of work that amalgamates femininity with hip-hop lyrics, which are often sexist and abrasive to women.

 

Stitched on delicate vintage lingerie, ‘Every Curve’ reappropriates borderline abusive rhetoric against women and feminizes it, empowering women by de-powering the intention of subversion. Buckman’s sartorial art is a reflection of the complexities of womanhood, which allows – or at the very least supports – the idea that we can enjoy culture without it having an effect on our worth as powerful and assertive individuals. In this illustrated Q&A, the artist, hip-hop aficionado, and style maven gives us an insight into her life and mind.

 

NeueJournal: You famously preserved your placenta, turning into material for an art piece. If you could use any other part of your body for art, which would it be?

 

Zoe Buckman: No one has ever asked me that before! I plastinated my placenta because I wanted to preserve the moment that something living starts to die. I think it would be quite interesting to do the reverse — to preserve something that is growing/reaching fruition. The only example I can think of for this would be to preserve some kind of cancer. God willing I never have the opportunity to do this.

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NJ: Where is your favorite place in the world?

 

ZB: Hackney, East London.

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NJ: When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?

 

ZB: I wanted to be a lorry driver or a fireman (no one ever mentioned firewomen).

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NJ: Aside from Tupac and Biggie, who is your favorite hip-hop artist?

 

ZB: I listen The Fugees a lot in the studio.

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NJ: What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

 

ZB: A menu.

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NJ: What do you look like in the morning?

 

ZB: Puffy as fuck.

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NJ: What do you look like at night?

 

ZB: Tired and tipsy.

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NJ: Who do you admire the most?

 

ZB: My mum. Thirty years ago she had a wonderful but very demanding three-year-old son, and then she gave birth to twins (one of whom was me), and she raised us all in humor and love whilst giving her all to her students at RADA. She is a legend, a two times cancer survivor, an activist and talented writer, and there aren’t enough props in the world I can give her.

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NJ: What is the first thing you see when you wake up?

 

ZB: White sheets.

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NJ: If you were a superhero what would your superpower be and what would your suit look like?

 

ZB: My superpower would be the ability to heal the sick through the power of my breakdancing. My suit would be a vintage Adidas tracksuit. My bandana would double up as a magic band-aid and my door-knocker gold earrings would shoot life-giving laser beams…I’ve probably been watching too many kids cartoons lately with my four-year-old.

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Artwork: Zoe Buckman for NeueJournal

 

Feature Image: Zoe Buckman in her ‘Every Curve’ exhibition at PAPILLION ART, Los Angeles

 

Courtesy Bethanie Brady Artist Management / (C) Billy Farrell / BFA.com

 

Agnes B.

'Collection' Featuring Nan Goldin,
Harmony Korine, Kenneth Anger, & More

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Agnès B. is the epitome of cool. With a top fashion firm, a variety of films, and a space that sells everything from artwork to visually enticing books, the French renegade has lived her life disrupting all rules except one: following her intuition. In fact, it’s this intuition, combined with having a skillful eye and knowing the right people, that has enabled Agnès’ art collection to become one of the most exciting out there, with everyone from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Ryan McGinley, Nan Goldin and Robert Fillou (amongst many, many others) encompassing the list. While some of these pieces are shown in her gallery, Galerie Du Jour, and others are hung on the walls of her home, the entire oeuvre has been compiled into an updated re-publishing of the book ‘Collection.’ Check out some of the images from the book below, which includes contributions by Harmony Korine, Kenneth Anger, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

 

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Helen Levitt (1913), Spider Girl, 1980, Dye transfer print, 15.98 x 20 inches

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LEFT: Malick Sidibé (1931), Nuit de Noël, 1965, Gelatin sliver print, 2005, 47.24 x 47.24 inches | RIGHT: Roger Ballen (1950), Roar, 2002, Gelatin sliver print, 15.75 x 15.75 inches

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Kenneth Anger, Cameron as the Scarlet Woman from Inauguration of The Pleasure Dome, 1954, Colour print, printed in 1996, 33.86 x 45.47 inches

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Brassaï (1899–1984), Graffitis, 1960, Christian Besser Verlag, Stuttgart, Gelatin sliver print

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Jonone (1966), Enter the Dragon, 1990, Acrylic on canvas, 51.97 x 73.62 inches

 

Feature Image: LEFT: Kenneth Anger, Letter to agnès b., March 2008 RIGHT: Nan Goldin (1953), Marlene with Venus de Milo, Boston, 1974, Gelatin sliver print, 20 x 15.67 inches

Molly Findlay

Bergdorf Goodman x Mother of Thousands

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Molly Findlay grew up between Northern California and the Mojave Desert with free-spirited parents and a free-spirited attitude toward creation. In fact, because of the desolateness of the latter place where she grew up, Findlay grew up with a bold imagination and the time to create, which is an unsurprising foreshadowing of her present day profession as a prop stylist and set designer. However, Findlay’s fondness for creativity and unique utilitarian pieces of art did not remain limited towards styling, as it soon found another outlet in the design of her own pieces, such as the Mrs. Noodle Pillow, Parterre Table, and Chicklet Formation couch. Soon enough, Findlay, along with husband Everard, formed the Mother of Thousands art collective, in which they brought together talented artists and designers. With the collective taking over the store windows at the men’s store at Bergdorf Goodman (on display until April 25th, 2016) in an innovative installation, Molly shares an ode to the beats and sonnets, stating, “this would be the proper way to answer our questions.”

 

NeueJournal: What was the impetus to create Mother of Thousands and what do you wish to achieve with this collective?

 

Molly Findlay: Because, the most marvelous people that ever there were, inventors of the highest order! that Everard (AKA  Mr. Bunny) and We knew and know, the thrill of building new context for every fabulous creature, and then,

O glorious world, which the some may have rent asunder, what though copious lunch to be had suckling at the corporate teat, may now we look toward another source? the source of life which is the rightful source, say nay to knivery in the backery, we refuse to subjugate each other and reject all subterfuge of form, cloaking the explorer in a sheltering pavilion. yea a Tit Pavilion ! more estate for those lingering at the borders, a new teat! a new life! a new world! The mathematician! The composter! The Royal Exoticist! The wordsmith! The chiseler! The warbler!  All for One and One for All!

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NJ: Your home incorporates a lot of the pieces that are being shown at the Bergdorf windows. Do you view your pieces differently when they are displayed as art as opposed to when they are functioning as furniture in your home?

 

MF: The object! The object! The object! We never object.

 

NJ: You’ve stated that you came from a crafty family, which is evident in your profession. Was there ever a non-creative path you were going to take? What do you think your life would look like now?

 

MF: Our tribe? we mean, and meant to say, philosophical craft, lifelong marriage of materials and wit, and PhD’s whittling.  To the second, most likely lawyerly, can you imagine! alas, endless paper is not our friend.

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NJ: What is your motto?

 

MF: Beware the grotto!

 

NJ: You recently migrated upstate from Williamsburg. How would you describe the move?

 

MF: house, mouse, mice? nice! space, displace, replace up over beyond and yonder to greenery and pesky deer, roll away though stayed from blessed burg, of next next next and bitumen, afar the yonder trees we sought, then dried our eyes when that first awful love. your steely bosom, O city mine, draws us back in for another chapter. home? gnomes? genomes? No missing, only misting of ferns and sweet sojourns in the carapace of the old and still beloved haunt, that apartment which never shall die, nor never leave us. The Brooklyn of yore, may we all fetishize you.

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NJ: What is your favorite time of the day?

 

MF: When pitch of still the gloaming long gone and terrible raccoons creep above us, everyone finally silent and not asking one million questions with their one million eyes, or else the most shady hour, whichever it may be, keep thee to the mist and shadows! Or else! when everything turns pink, or else dawn! only never never never 3pm unless it may be the hour of nap, even then it must be the nap of all crush anxiety.

 

NJ: If you had to describe your life at the moment with a song, which one would it be?

 

MF: From Hamlet’s speech by the Shakespeare, but the old-school hip-hop version:

 

“I have of late, (but wherefore I know not) lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition; that this goodly frame the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy the air, look you, this brave o’er hanging firmament, this majestical roof, fretted with golden fire: why, it appeareth no other thing to me, than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.’

 

What a piece of work is a man! How noodle (sic) in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me; no, nor Woman neither; though by your smiling you seem to say so.”

 

But more obviously Formation by the Original Doyenne, Beyonce.

 

NJ: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

 

MF: One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. -Simone de Beauvoir.