Thursday, May 24, 2007

Why I love Dita Von Teese

I must say that I wasn't a huge fan at first, other than my love for burlesque but I was reading last night that Ms. Von Teese owns 3 - yes 3! Devon Rex cats!!!!

Obviously I'm a Devon rex girl myself and it takes a special person to love the wacky antics of the Devons.

So Ms. Dita Von Teese, Miss Nina and I love you! Oh, and the dancing in the martini glass is pure class!


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Crazy Russian Art Exhibition!

I stumbled across this article and it's great to see other artists using pseudonyms!!!

Peculiar Photographs
A St. Petersburg duo has turned one man's unusual sexual obsession into an art project.
By Brian DroitcourPublished: May 18, 2007

While shoppers and gawkers roamed the stands at the opening of the Art Moscow fair on Wednesday, other visitors posed at a makeshift photography studio in the lobby. Some took a cue from the black-and-white photographs on the walls, where a woman straddled a submissive man, but others tried out poses of their own as they roughhoused on the stage and mugged for the camera. It was part of the fair's parallel program, an interactive installation titled "Igor's Mania" by the Factory of Found Clothing. In March, the St. Petersburg-based duo Glyuklya and Tsaplya (the playful pseudonyms of artists Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya and Olga Yegorova, together known as the Factory of Found Clothing) became the recipients of the Black Square prize. Sponsored by the Art Moscow foundation, the award includes a 5,000-euro cash prize and the opportunity to mount a noncommercial solo show during the fair.

"Igor's Mania" tells the true story of Igor Vikhorev, a resident of postwar Leningrad who was largely unremarkable except for his obsessive fondness for photographing his wife mounting him and other people and objects. Unsettled by her husband's fetish, Vikhorev's wife left him. The despondent photographer turned to alcoholism and died several years later, leaving behind a strange album of collages that inserted his former wife into magazine pictures of the circus, a Central Asian bazaar and other scenes. Pershina-Yakimanskaya and Yegorova, who were given Vikhorev's archive by one of his relatives, were intrigued by the psychoanalytic implications of the photographer's fetish -- and his "gynophobia" -- for the collective Russian subconscious.

"That is what Russians usually think is meant by feminism," Pershina-Yakimanskaya said dryly as she manned the exhibition space on Wednesday.The Factory of Found Clothing's body of work displays a long-running interest in half-forgotten people and objects, and how they relate to individual and collective fantasies. In their 2005 film "Scarlet Sails," shot in an abandoned garment factory near St. Petersburg, black-and-white women struggle over a bright red sail in a melancholy postscript to lost ideals of a workers' utopia."Igor's Mania" also expresses the artists' sympathy for the "little people," but its interactive dimension -- Pershina-Yakimanskaya and Yegorova sit on site and encourage visitors to pose -- extends it to the viewers.

"Posing can be a way for people to understand their relationships," Pershina-Yakimanskaya said. For all the attention to the audience, Vikhorev is still the central figure of the work. In a foil to Art Moscow, which foregrounds the market relationship between the artist, artwork and viewer, "Igor's Mania" uses Vikhorev's story to highlight the inner motivations for making art. And in an the affectionate handwritten letter to Vikhorev at the entrance to the exhibition space, Tsaplya and Glyuklya rehabilitate a forgotten eccentric by indicating the potential worth of his obsession for other people.

Art Moscow runs to Sun. at the Central House of Artists, located at 10 Krymsky Val. Metro Park Kultury, Oktyabrskaya. Tel. 238-9634/1245. "Igor's Mania" (Maniya Igorya) is on the second floor in Hall 25.
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