Snap! Space presents : COUTURE CULTURE II
New works by international artists Formento & Formento, Reine Paradis, Dina Litovsky, and Van deCamp & Heesterbeek. Additionally, the exhibition will revisit works by legendary artist Cheyco Leidmann, and feature photographs by Hendrik Kerstens, Erwin Olaf, and Daniele Buetti. Exhibition curated by Patrick & Holly Kahn.
FRIDAY, JUNE 08, 2018 // OPENING NIGHT : 7:00- 10:00pm. RSVP : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/couture-culture-ii-tickets-45857944346. The Courtsey Bar. DJ Ken Sherry.
Exhibition through September 8, 2018
Fashion stylist and photographer couple Formento & Formento, who had a successful retrospective exhibition at Snap! Space in 2016, return with the newest works from their series ‘Hysteria.’ The exhibition is complemented by a preview of French artist Reine Paradis’ newest series ‘Midnight,’ and fashion images by New York photographer Dina Litovsky, legendary artist Cheyco Leidmann, Patricia Van deCamp & Marc Heesterbeek, Hendrik Kerstens, Erwin Olaf, and Daniele Buetti.
BJ and Richeille Formento travel around the world, creating highly inspirational visual series that deal with the human persona as a prime matter that can be re-shaped through the most unconventional of scenarios. Weaving cinematic worlds drenched in sensuality, Formento + Formento produces genre-bending photography that is as conceptually rich as it is precisely crafted.
Reine Paradis constructs narrative photographs staging herself as the central figure in a surreal landscape. Endlessly drowning in a sea of vibrant color and hopelessly lost in a surrealist fantasy are just a few of the feelings one might get while viewing a work by Reine Paradis. The French-born, Los Angeles-based photographer uses a meticulous, multistep process to create these eye-catching works. A combination of conceptual drawings, still life photography and performance art create a fantastical story with an otherworldly narrative.
Cheyco Leidmann established a new cutting edge style of visual expressionism in 1980 with hyperreal colors, which influenced an entire generation of photographers, fashion designers, and cinephiles. Leidmann’s ‘Foxy Lady’ monograph was chosen by Vogue as one of the nine cult classic art books of the last five decades and garnered numerous prestigious awards, including the New York Creative Directors Club Gold Award. Cheyco Leidmann works closely with his creative director Ypsitylla von Nazareth.
Dina Litovsky’s work examines social performances and group interactions in both public and private spaces. Dina was born in Ukraine and moved to New York in 1991. She has won various awards, including First Place in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism, the PDN Photo Annual and the International Photography Awards. Her work has been published in Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Stern, Newsweek Japan, Wired, Photo District News and many others.
Photo: Formento + Formento, Meri 6, from the series Hysteria, 2017.