Consider this project an eclectic mixtape, but rather with music, it’s focused around imagery. So what started off as drawing commonalities between the gradient background of a Genghis Khan portrait and an image from a 1996 Issey Miyake runway show began my project to juxtapose images that are not always necessarily similar in subjects, but have links in their coloring, shapes, and moods evoked. For me, a bulk of my inspirations and visions trace back to fashion; be it a SoundCloud discovery as a potential Balenciaga soundtrack, or a DMV line-up as an imagined setting for a shot by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Nippon editorial. I wanted the worlds of my inspirations, be it art, fashion or music to become more interconnected than ever and to create possible mood-boards that my treasured visionaries may have used when creating the very works that are now an integral core of my aesthetic vision.
Shot by Steven Meisel in 1992 for Madonna’s coffee table book Sex, the book features erotic photos of Madonna and friends simulating sexual acts in various Miami and New York locations. One of the on-location in Miami shots featured Madonna sitting knee first in a beach bank while waves of water rushed beneath her. Several shots were taken at this location and used in the books, but the look for each shot remained the same with Madonna sporting massive platinum blond hair with a transparent headband while wearing oversized golden hoop earrings and copper toned lipstick with defined lip liner. Two years before the release of Sex, Bruce Weber photographed Elaine Irwin for Vogue Paris in a sensual editorial that encompassed the glamazon nature Madonna exuded in Sex.
The music video for “Pour it Up” by Rihanna paid homage to lavish strip clubs and showcased Rihanna in a diamond encrusted bra, perhaps pulled as inspiration from Thierry Mugler’s 90’s work but stylized to fit into 2013.
3) Feng Zhengjie (2010) x Liberty Ross taken by Enrique Badulescu (2001)
Revisiting the lively work of Feng Zhengjie, I decided to pair it up with a photo of Liberty Ross taken by Enrique Badulescu in 2001 for an editorial that played with image clarity and represented each photo as a still from a surveillance video. The coloring in both images compliment the dual clashes of frosted purples, and hot pinks against hostile and frost-bitten blues and aqua tones.
Funny enough, this pairing was inspired by the packaging design of Centrum multivitamins as the logo is surrounded by a bar that features blocks of colors of colors, creating a rainbow effect. The packaging places the rainbow on a silver or white background, which is of course much different than the rainbow pane, and I saw the same effect in the above photos of a grey Thierry Mugler ensemble that has splashes of color in the lapel and in an eBay photo of a Zillion Sonic CD.
There isn’t much information on either of these artifacts or their sources, but I appreciated relationship between berry pinks and beiges in each photo.