Consider this project an eclectic mixtape, but rather than music, it’s focused around imagery. 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 juxtaposing images that are not necessarily similar in subject, but have links in their coloring, shapes, and evoked moods. For me, the bulk of my inspiration and vision trace back to fashion, be it a SoundCloud discovery as a potential Balenciaga soundtrack or a DMV lineup as an imagined setting for a shot by Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Nippon. I wanted the worlds of my inspirations — art, fashion, music — to become more interconnected than ever and to create possible mood boards that my treasured visionaries might have used when creating the very works that are now an integral core of my aesthetic vision.
1) Antony Acheampong by Unknown x Josiane Monteiro by Mara Corsino for Hunter Magazine (2011)
What could be better than wearing shaggy cotton garments chilling in nature? Nothing. Honestly nothing. This set came together instantly when I saw this photo of Antony Acheampong (left) and it reminded me of a photo from Hunter Magazine that shared the same styling/atmosphere of the above mentioned.
2) Björk + Sindri by Jürgen Teller in Iceland (1993) x Doris Durand (2013)
Jürgen Teller visited Björk’s homeland of Iceland in 1996, and while there, he photographed her and her son, Sindri, while at Iceland’s famed “Blue Lagoon” geothermal spa located in the fishing town of Grindavík. Photographer Doris Durand also had the same photo-op on a recent trip, as well.
3) Hannelore Knuts by Donna Trope for Citizen K (2000) x Lil’ Kim by Martin Schoeller for The New Yorker (2001)
2001 era Lil’ Kim meets Belgian model, Hannelore Knuts. Both women wear pink ruffled bikini tops in these studio shots while sporting dewy summer skin.
4) “Young Arab Man” by Kees van Dongen (1911) x Dries van Noten by Marleen Daniëls (1997)
A key Fauvist, Dutch painter, Kees van Dongen’s garish style was as always present in a 1911 work titled “Young Arab Man”. Slicked back hair with a patterned cloth worn around the waist, a slender and lengthy silhouette that was key in Dries van Noten’s “Golden Anniversary” spring/summer 1997 show.