Los Angeles: Slimane Song

Everyone’s favorite fashion designer turned photographer, the multi-talented Hedi Slimane’s first West Coast solo show starts this Saturday at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. California Song is a two-floor exhibition of the former Dior Homme designer’s  “California period,” beginning in 2007, where he traveled the state, camera in hand, capturing the raw energy found in various artistic communities and youth cultures through a stunning series of black and white portraits and still life compositions.

The first floor of the MoCA’s Pacific Design Center will be dedicated to these arresting prints, while the second floor will feature a sonic, motion-photography installation/performance space complete with music from some of California’s best bands, including New Yorker-approved noise-pop purveyors No Age (who are also among the subjects of Slimane’s photos, alongside freak folk darling Ariel Pink). Slimane has long been fascinated with rock culture, and this must-see exhibition is his most complete exploration of the scene to date, a gorgeous, black-and-white love letter of sorts to all things gritty and guitar-driven.

To quote MoCA Director Jeffrey Deitch, “Hedi Slimane has created a new and fresh visual language for youth today. His black-and-white images capture the essential expression of the emerging art, fashion, and music scenes around the world.”  Dude’s not wrong. If you happen to be in L.A. this fall/winter, do yourself a solid and make a pilgrimage to worship at this inspiring, image-filled altar of cool.     xx Ashley Churchill

Hedi Slimane: California Song

November 12th 2011-January 22, 2012

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art

250 South Grand Avenue 90012

1 213 626 6222

Photos: Hedi Slimane


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