8.12.09 Perspectives on Fashion De-Normalized… using Street Art?

My interest in fashion is not independent of urbanism, weather, geography and art. My friend over at fashism posted this and I wanted to share it, too — in relation to perspectives on art and fashion. Certainly fashion becomes normalized; what begins as a new statement, a creative (and possibly authentic?) gesture eventually becomes appropriated. Though appropriation of style is a tool in normalizing, I think of it as more than the widespread use of certain fashion statements; appropriation is mostly abusive, unless of course you are trying to be ironic, but that is easily played out these days. Nevertheless, both can inhibit creativity. Aakash Nihalani certainly isn’t the first to do ‘perspectival’ work, but I really enjoy the dissolution(ment) of perspectives in relation to the normal everydayness that comes along with fashion. This, coupled with the fact that much of his work takes place in the streets, I couldn’t help but repost it.
Via idsgn This attempt to change your perspective of the things around you is so amazingly well executed by artist Aakash Nihalani. “For however briefly, I am tring to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from the routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of a very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely, and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality.”

Via idsgn

This attempt to change your perspective of the things around you is so amazingly well executed by artist Aakash Nihalani.

“For however briefly, I am tring to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from the routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of a very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely, and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality.”

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Also, in the meantime, add my friend Nick’s blog to your reading list if you’re interested in this kinda stuff in general. Thanks!

-Sarkis

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4 Responses to 8.12.09 Perspectives on Fashion De-Normalized… using Street Art?

  1. Chris Reed says:

    Cheers for the Re-blog.

  2. Thanks Sarkis! Interesting post.

  3. Whitney says:

    That is a really cool piece. Just one thought: I don’t know if you’re strictly talking fashion, but I’m not sure that “appropriation is mostly abusive,” be it in fashion or other arts. I do agree that there are problems with ironic appropriation these days, but it seems to me that appropriation is kind of the starting point for what almost all of us do as artists, as well as people who dress ourselves (dressers?). Appropriation certainly can inhibit creativity, but the idea that creativity can just spring to life out of some kind of void, i.e., without some kind of source material which must be more or less appropriated, is ridiculous. I suppose it’s a matter of appropriation vs. adoption/adaptation, which is a distinction I’m not entirely clear on.

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