Sunday, February 27, 2011

Interview : Pierre Dal Corso

GR: Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live.

P: So...I'm french, studied art history and photography. I've been assisting between Paris and New York for a few years and currently based in Paris, working on my portfolio.

GR: What is your inspiration behind your work.

P: Skin, color, statuesque aesthetism. I love strong women in my pictures , proud and sexy. I love colors. and music. and Kubrick.

GR: What cameras do you shoot with?

P: It depends on what i do. digital mainly. from point&shoot camera to medium format back

GR: How did you become interested in fashion photography?

P: Fashion came naturally. It's a good playground and gives me a lot of possibilities to play with.

GR: Current fav band(s) at the moment.

P: Lately, listening to a lot of this one:

GR: Do you have any photography tricks you can share with someone who is just starting out?

P: Heart & brain is all you need.

GR: Favorite alcoholic beverage.

P: Sambuca with toasted coffee beans. or Cointreau with a lot of ice

GR: Night owl or early bird?

P: Both. I love working at night. I also love working in the early morning. When i feel im the only one awake in the city

GR: 3 places to visit in Paris.

P: It depends who you will be with... ;-) I'd say having a beer along the Canal St Martin in a hot late august night. Have dinner at restaurant "les saveurs de flora" or random walking at night in central Paris.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011


Takin' it way back today.
Link Wray, the ultimate genius of rock n' roll.
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Valentino 2011 S/S Campaign

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Interview : Alessandro Botto

GB: Tell us a little bit about you and where you live
A:My name is Alessandro. I am an architect and industrial designer turned self taught artist. I was born in Peru and educated in New York, and moved to London a couple of years ago.

For years I was doing high-end residential architecture, but the office environment and all the regulations surrounding design and architecture made it really tiresome and frustrating. So I decided to quit my job and become a full time artist. It was the best decision of my life, as I am one of those people who needs to be creative 24/7. My mind never stops and I am always plotting my next painting or my next creation.

GB: How would you describe your work to someone.
A:I don’t really describe my work, it either doesn’t come up in conversation, or I try to avoid it, and whenever I do try to describe it, I feel utterly pretentious. I feel that my work should be self-explanatory: You see it, and you like it, or not. But if pressed for a description, I just say “my paintings are big and swirly, and I try to pack them with energy and movement. I like them to look cool”

GB: Inspiration/Influences?
A: I love the relationship between order and disorder, chaos and beauty. I love to take chaotic ideas and make them beautiful, or vice-versa. I scribble a lot, and I always discover something I like in the random, visceral and chaotic nature of scribbles, they are my main source of information. Other influences include fashion, architecture, cities, machinery and music. I try to translate into painting anything that gets me excited, anything that makes me go “wow”.

GB: Favorite alcoholic beverage?
A: Depends on the occasion, but a good gin and tonic always hits the spot, doesn’t it?

GB: 3 places to visit in London.
A:That is a tough question! I like so many places in London that to name just three seems cruel. I love Columbia Road Sunday market in east London (bagel with cream cheese and salmon included), The Black Friar pub, an Art-Nouveau masterpiece with fantastic English beer. And last but not least, and I know this will sound like a cliché, but the Tate Modern never ever disappoints.

GB: Why do you make videos of your work?
A:Process is a very important aspect of my work. I am very interested in how a painting starts in sketch form, and how it ends, and the whole process in between. This is why I make a stop motion youtube video which tells the story of each painting, from stapling up the canvas, to showing how its being painting and coming to life, to its completion.

GB:Current favourite bands.
A: Royksopp is always in my “recently played”. Also up there is Trentemoller, Fischerspooner, DJ Shadow, Unkle and other similar stuff. Loving Plaid at the moment.

GB: Night owl or Early bird?
A: In my head, I am always fantasizing about art and design, so in that sense, I am a 24hr person, but I work best in the morning that’s for sure.

Upcoming shows/projects?
A: I have 2 upcoming exhibitions. One is on May 19th 2011 until June 7th at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. The other is on June 9th 2011 until June 28th in Knightsbridge in west London. All the details are in my website You should come, if only for the free drinks!

All original images courtesy of Alessandro Botto.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

sheer bliss.

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h.o.l.y m.o.l.y
talk about makin' a statement. gold platforms and white maxi sheer dress.
P E R F E C T I O N.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Backstage: Gucci

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Gucci FW 2011 Backstage Milan

The last shag coat is absolutely to die for. I'm going to have dreams about
this coat for weeks, I know it. Sonny Photos are so brilliant, I love the
way he captures the model in a fun, lively way. The photos look
a lot more electrifying this way. So obsessed with the Easter palette and faux fur.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Interview: Ryan Allan

Ryan Allan might possibly have the raddest job ever.. or at least he makes it seem that way. His work is full of life and so powerful to look at, if you're a cool skateboarder you might have seen his work in magazines like Thrasher or Transworld. He's also worked with companies such as Vans footwear, Element, ESPN, and Converse. Ryan Allan knows his shit. Check out this interview he did for GOLDREBEL.

GR: Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live.

RA: Well, I'm a photographer specializing in lifestyle and skateboard photography. I grew up in Toronto and now live in San Diego, CA. I've dedicated myself to having fun and making cool shit.

GR: Inspiration behind your work?

RA: I love making things look cool. I see skateboarding as a really artistic, creative endeavor so I try to make my skate photos convey the same. I'm not a fan of just documenting what happened.
I try and do the same in my commercial work. Make things look cool!

GR:What cameras do you shoot with?

RA:I'm all over the place with cameras. Most of the time I use Nikon DSLRs but sometimes I bust out a Contax G1 or a Yashica T4. I try and use the right camera for the shot.

GR: One thing you could have told yourself 5 years ago, what would it be?

RA: I'm always telling myself to push harder, work more. Don't chill so much and I think it's always been my moto to never settle. Keep going!

GR: Favorite band(s) at the moment.
RA: I know they have really been blown out lately but I never seem to skip a Black Keys song when they come on my iPod. Pandora is my best friend. I drive a lot so I get bored of my iPods offerings. So I fire up Pandora and let it surprise me. 90's hip hop is definitely a fav right now.

GR: Next place you want to travel.

RA: Japan for sure. I have been all over but I seem to always miss out on Japan. So many gadgets!

GR: Do you have any photography tricks you can share with someone who is just starting out?

RA: The real trick with photography is not actually a camera trick but the ability to network. Meeting people and hitting it off is way more important than knowing a bunch of camera tricks or Photoshop filters. Getting out there and meeting people is everything.

GR: Night owl or early bird?

RA: Both. I stay up late but my wife gets up early so I do too.
It works well because I am now trained to handle typical photo shoot scenarios. Late nights followed by early call times!

GR: Favorite alcoholic beverage.

RA: I'm a Vodka and Perrier drinker. it's a pain in the ass to order but if you can get it, it's great.
Otherwise I go with Jack.

All original images taken from his website.
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NYLON + kate

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NYLON March 2011

Whhhhattttt. This might be one of my fav NYLON covers ever.
Kate is slowly becoming one of my favorite fashionistas lately
and this cover editorial totally explains why.
I have a huge blue neon crush right now
..sorry, i couldn't contain myself.
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Interview: Adam Friedman

I'm very excited about this blog post because I had the pleasure of talking with one of my favorite artists, Adam Friedman. His work is beyond words I can't even begin to describe. Most of his work is acrylic, screen print, gel transfers, and collage on panel. All in all, this dude is beast. Check out this quick interview Friedman did with GOLDREBEL.

GB: Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you live.

A: My name is Adam. I’m originally from Lake Tahoe (Nevada side), but I’ve lived up and down the west coast of the USA. I love this side of the country, and there aren’t many other places in the US that I’d be happy living. I’ve been painting and drawing since I was a little kid, but became serious about it in college at the University of Oregon. I returned to the Bay Area to attend graduate school at the San Francisco Art Institute. It was an interesting, but overall good experience, and my lady and I ended up staying in SF for a few years after I graduated. We moved up to Portland at the end of this last summer because we wanted a change of pace and scenery. My fiancé, Josi is from here originally, and having gone to school up here, I have a lot of good friends in the area. Portland is great. Its an interesting place because compared to SF, its pretty depressed economically. There are so many young unemployed people here, its kinda rough. But on the flip side, it’s a beautiful city and there is tons of great food, coffee, music, hiking, biking, etc etc etc! I definitely miss SF, but we’re very happy to be up here!

GB:How would you describe your work to someone.

A:I have an “official” artist statement on my website… but I don’t speak in that sort of format in everyday conversation. I’ve always loved the outdoors (camping, surfing, biking, hiking, swimming, snowboarding, deserts, mountains, rivers, oceans, canyons) and that has definitely influenced my artistic interests and focus. But the work is about expressing and/or recognizing something that’s way bigger than us as human beings. We have such a skewed understanding of time and the natural world/universe(s)/cosmos and our place there within. The paintings are meant to be an epic, beautiful, and positive view of the earth and earthly processes from a non human-centric perspective. The earth was here long before we were and will be here long after us.

GB: How do you start off your day? What's a working day like.

A: Well that always changes depending on what sort of work I’m doing to pay the bills. When we first moved up here, I had a hard time finding a regular paying job, so I was in the studio like 50 hours a week or way more. Which is what I’d love to be doing ideally… So now that I’m officially employed, some days I work in the studio when I get home from the job, other days I paint before work. When I have days off, I try to be in the studio all day. This is the first time I’ve had a studio at home, and its pretty sweet. My lady gets up early to head to work so I get up with her, make some coffee, turn on some music, and start painting.

GB: Favorite alcoholic beverage.

A: I love “hot” bourbons. If I’m on a budget, the go to is usually Wild Turkey 101. If I’m feeling fancy, my fave bourbon is George T. Stagg. The stuff is flammable, but SO good! For cocktails, I like a true Old Fashioned (none of that sweet cherry and lots of sugar crap) or a Sezarac. I love good beer as well.

GB: How long does it take for you to complete a painting?

A: That really depends on how much time I have in the studio, and how many pieces I’m working on at once. I’ve finished small paintings in a couple weeks, and its taken me four months (or more) to finish a large piece. So it really depends.

GB: Music being a huge part of your process, what's on your playlist right now?

A: Oh man, too much to name. Metal is usually my go to, but I change it up a lot as well. I’ve been into this Portland band called Agalloch. Also been REALLY into Son of Aurelius. Some of my favorites that are always in the rotation are Assuck, Man is the Bastard, Sleep, Electric Wizard, Esoteric, Assunder, The Sword, Suffocation, Nile, Judas Priest (oh yeah), and many more. Love me some Rock n’ Roll too. Hawkwind, Zior, Ashkan, Gold, King Crimson, CAN, etc. I listen to a lot of Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop, Jungle, Soul… but I’m very particular in each genre as to what I like and can’t stand. But I won’t bore with too much detail!

GB: Top 3 places to visit in Portland.

A: The Esplanade, for a sweet bike ride. Forrest Park, for an awesome hike within city limits. And there are SO many good bars, restaurants, coffee shops. My college roommate, Kyle, is the morning chef at this spot called Tasty and Sons. Best breakfast/brunch EVER!!! I think they also were recently recognized as best restaurant in Portland. I’m still learning my way around the galleries here…

GB: Night owl or early bird?

A: I prefer to work in the studio a regular 9-5 type of a thing. That’s when I’m the most productive for sure. I get kind of worthless late at night, but sometimes (especially when I have a deadline) I can pull the all nighter.

GB: If you could collaborate with one artist, deceased or living, who would it be?

A: That’s a tough question because I haven’t done much collaboration. In all honesty, I would chose to collaborate with certain artists that I respect mostly out of selfishness or self interest… In the sense that I’m more interested in learning how they do things. I’d love to work on a stop motion animation with Allison Schulnik (currently living). Paint an epic landscape with Frederic E. Church or Thomas Moran (both long since dead). But what I’d really love to do is collaborate with a non-visual artist. If I had to choose one person for a collaborative project, it would be Edward Abbey (deceased). We would plan out a huge rugged backpacking/river trip through some blazing brutal desert. Disappear into the “back of beyond” as he would say for a while… Then bounce ideas off each other. He could write, and I could make paintings based on those writing and our mutual experience (or visa versa).

All images taken from Adam Friedman's personal website

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Monday, February 21, 2011


gemma ward.
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Sasha Pivovarova.

Vogue Nippon 2010
old ed, still awesome.
literally every single page is incredible.
Sasha is killin it.
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