Michèle Lamy, the anti-muse par excellence

Michèle Lamy, the anti-muse par excellence

Andrea Tuzio · 5 days ago · Style

A passionate and earthly beauty and at the same time divine and ethereal, almost a living representation of Persephone, wife of Hades and daughter of Demeter and Zeus.
Michèle Lamy, wife, muse and accomplice of the American designer Rick Owens, is a 76-year-old woman who never stops being what she is, a constant source of inspiration for entire generations linked to fashion and art and with a formidable curiosity towards every artistic form.

Michèle was born in France, in the Jura, in 1944 from an Algerian family with a background in fashion, her grandfather made accessories for Paul Poiret, one of the most famous French designers.

Michèle studied law and worked as a lawyer at the turn of the 60s and 70s while studying the work of Gilles Deleuze, a post-structuralist philosopher, and participated in the French May protests in 1968. 

The winds of change and the influences of the historical context influenced the choices of Michèle who left the bar and started working as a cabaret dancer, toured France before moving to the United States in 1979.

She arrives in New York but then settles in Los Angeles where she gives vent to her inexhaustible energy: she founds her own brand, manages two iconic night clubs such as the Café des Artistes and Les Deux Café, becoming an emblematic figure of Los Angeles nightlife, and marries her first husband, the experimental director Richard Newton.

Gold teeth, pirate piercings, rings, which he says “are the first things I wear in the morning, even before making a cup of tea. The only time I take them off during the day is in the gym” and those tattoos on my fingers inspired by the Berbers of North Africa, an area he visited when he was 17 years old, are his trademark.

In 1990 she founded a new clothing line, Lamy, and hired what would become her business partner, partner and husband Rick Owens.

Michèle spends most of the year traveling around the various art fairs around the world with her collaborators and friends, she has participated in art projects presented at the Frieze, the Barbican Centre in London and Art Basel Hong Kong as well as playing together with UNKLE e ASAP Rocky on a boat at the Venice Biennale

Lawyer, stripper, priestess, musician, diviner, shaman and designer, Michèle Lamy is all these things together. Within Owenscorp, a company founded together with her husband Rick Owens, she plays a role that could be defined as team leader, instigator and director of the various special projects that are carried out, working side by side with the craftsmen who design and build Owenscorp’s furniture, household items and jewelry.

Regularly wrapped by her husband Rick’s creations and adorned with her HUNROD and Loree Rodkin, Michèle has a huge archive of COMME des GARÇONS dresses: “I feel beautiful when I wear COMME. For me, those clothes are art, and when I wear them, I get deep into art itself”.

A unique, engaging, histrionic, indefinable and eccentric character, at over 75 years of age she continues undeterred to be a volcano of innovation, a point of reference for the younger generations and an iconoclast of the fashion world.

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Spidertag and the new neon mural in Sweden

Spidertag and the new neon mural in Sweden

Giulia Guido · 21 hours ago · Art

In these last months several categories of workers have found themselves forced to stop and among them certainly stand out the artists who for a long time had to put a brake on their creativity, on the desire to achieve something. 
Now, very slowly, the situation seems to resume its normal course and creatives all over the world can go back to making art. Among them, there is certainly Spidertag, who after a stop of 9 months, has returned to illuminate the streets with his neon murals from Sweden. 

In the last few days, the urban art festival “Take Tomorrow Back” took place in the town of Söderhamn and, among the artists involved, Spidertag did a lot of talking about himself with his Interactive Neon Mural #9

Since 2015, the Spanish street artist has made his way into the international art scene thanks to the discovery of a material that set him apart from all others: battery-powered neon cables.

Spidertag models the cables at will, placing them on entire facades of often abandoned buildings and then, at night, when each of them is illuminated with a different color the magic begins. 

Not to miss Spidertag’s next works follow him on Instagram

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Watch the trailer of “I Am Greta”, the documentary about Greta Thunberg

Watch the trailer of “I Am Greta”, the documentary about Greta Thunberg

Emanuele D'Angelo · 20 hours ago · Art

The documentary dedicated to Greta Thunberg is now coming out. The work is directed by Nathan Grossman from Sweden and will be premiered on Hulu on November 13, 2020.

The documentary will propose an intimate portrait of a teenager who has managed to shake the consciences of all, from ordinary citizens to politicians.
As an icon of the fight against climate change, it is impossible to forget the speech given at the United Nations Conference in 2018.

A film that went around the world, consecrating the activist, to the point of convincing Hulu to invest in making “I Am Greta”.

Not much is yet known about the documentary, but in theory, it should show us the more intimate side of the activist, highlighting how she is really dedicated to her ideals.

Waiting for the release, here is the trailer.

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Blooming Playground, Tellas’ artwork in Turin

Blooming Playground, Tellas’ artwork in Turin

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Art

As in many buildings in Turin, also inside the former Military Academy, behind Piazza Castello, there is a courtyard, a sort of secret garden. It is here that, since September 10, Tellas has been working on an artwork that aims to combine art and sport. 
Blooming Playground“, this is the title of the work created on the occasion of the reopening of ARTiglieria – Centro d’Arte Contemporanea and the start of the new edition of Paratissima 2020, which this year, with a new exhibition format, will host the works of independent artists in its spaces.  

With this intervention, Tellas, a street artist known worldwide and known for his works that manage to blend natural and landscape elements with the place where the artwork is executed, presents us again a work focused on nature. 
The basketball court of about 550 square meters has been transformed into a huge canvas and, inspired by the two maples in the center of the courtyard, the artist has created a new landscape around them. 

Blooming Playground” is a project promoted by PRS – Paratissima Produzioni & Servizi with the aim of creating a place frequented all year round, especially by young people, and where they can cultivate their creativity. Lorenzo Germark, CEO PRS said: “The choice of the artist, the naturalistic theme of the sketch and the decision to safeguard the trees are well defined choices of design direction dictated by the desire to integrate art in the urban context of the ARTiglieria“. 

PMS Basketball collaborated with the initiative, whose president Luigi Lacidona enthusiastically commented on the participation in the project, stressing the link between culture and sport: “I believe that in their diversity, art and sport share the same social value: both are able to unite people and make them feel unique feelings and emotions“. 
Among the partners there are also Elettrogruppo Zerouno and PPG Univer, the latter was fundamental for the realization of the mural as it provided Tellas with the necessary material, such as products based on special acrylic resins and micronized fillers, perfect to be used on surfaces such as asphalt.

Blooming Playground” will be inaugurated on Thursday, September 24th and will be the background for the different activities and initiatives scheduled during the year. 

Photo by Simone Di Gioia

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Lito Leaf, from a leaf to a work of art

Lito Leaf, from a leaf to a work of art

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 days ago · Art

Just one leaf and the creativity of the artist Lito Leaf comes to life and creates something extraordinary simply from nothing.

I make positive use of my concentration despite a deficit problem (ADHD), I try to commit only to my work and clipping.

There is no right or wrong way to make art. Anyone can create anything they want using any shape, medium, material, or canvas they want.
From divers diving into the abysses meeting sharks to a rhinoceros brushing its calf’s teeth to superheroes, Japanese artist Lito Leaf sculpts the most fun and unusual scenarios on its leaves.

The artist uses a very precise cutout technique, a closer examination of each piece reveals surprising details that create dreamlike and unusual narratives.

From a simple and common leaf comes out something wonderful, here is one below our selection of his most beautiful works.

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