KORAKRIT ARUNANONDCHAI, “Forest Of My Dead Cells”: The Opening Scenes
Known for his denim paintings and videos such as the trilogy “Painting with History in a Room Full of People with Funny Names,” Korakrit Arunanondchai’s work addresses epic, metaphysical themes through the connective tissue of the digital age—Levi’s jeans, consumer technology, and Top 40 hip hop.
For his exhibition at the 032c Vitrine, Arunanondchai cut off his dreadlocks and mailed them to a group of friends, family, and collaborators, asking them to create an artwork with each lock of hair. What follows is a group show created out of the artist’s dead cells.
At the 032c WORKSHOP this Saturday night, the Société de 032c, our vodka bar, opened the exhibition. Click through to see the scenes, shot by Kyra Sophie and Lukas Gansterer, and come by the office during working hours to see the show.
NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY: On his last day in the 032c WORKSHOP, our high school intern Lenn got dripped in 032c apparel and skated off into the sunset 🌅 💰 You’re welcome for the best two weeks of your life Lenn. 😭
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FROM GRUNT STYLE TO “WARCORE,” CIVILIANS ARE EMBRACING MILITARY FASHION 🛡🛡
“Your trench coat, your chinos, your Father’s Day necktie—your closet overflows with gear that was originally worn by stout patriots, fearful conscripts, and paid killers. But this warcore thing is new. We are a long way from 1996, when the critic Suzy Menkes, writing in the Times about couture camouflage, deconstructed khaki, and crypto-fascist tailoring, could correctly say that ‘the linkage of fashion with war is problematical’ and reason that fashion’s ‘raiding of blood-soaked references’ might ‘seem crassly exploitative.’”
“Studying architecture, to some people, is, like, ‘Oh, you build buildings.’ But to me it’s a way of thinking. It’s a way of problem-solving with a rationale. And you can apply that rationale to building a building but also to scrambling eggs.” 🍳🍳
Why Are We Seeing Tiny Little Handbags Everywhere? 👜👜
From the Guardian: “When it comes to bags, petite purses rule this season. Forget micro – it’s all about the nano. The Mini Le Chiquito [by Jacquemus], with room to hold little more than a couple of mints or a single AirPod earphone, looked like a joke – but then French fashion house Louis Vuitton launched its own nano bag . . . The proliferation of micro bags has been interpreted as a signifier of status: there is nothing glamorous about lugging your worldly possessions round in an oversized sack. Carrying next to nothing implies that someone else is doing your heavy lifting.” READ MORE
From SSENSE.com’s interview series on creative directors 🦉🦉
Mike Meiré, 54, is a creative director, artist, and designer whose work for cutting edge magazines like 032c and Garage, as well as for major clients like BMW and Telekom, is constantly blurring the lines between customer service and concept art.
ADRIANO SACK: The portfolio of your agency Meiré und Meiré is vast. You might be best known though for your editorial work for 032c and Garage. What was the kick?
Mike Meiré: When Joerg Koch, founder, and publisher of 032c, came to Cologne, the agency was full of stuffed animals in cages that I needed for an art installation. “Mike, you are even crazier than me. Would you do 032c? The next issue is about energy experimentation,” Joerg asked rather bluntly. I started out making the font/the text less readable. One of my initial considerations was: What does a dangerous magazine look like? I turned the logo from white to black. That’s meaner. And I stretched the font. That lead to my first shit storm. For any typographer that was an absolute no-go. I was considered one of the pioneers of the “new ugly”. The interview continues at SSENSE.com 📲📲
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