Saturday afternoon marked our inaugural art show for Wine & Bowties. Warm weather, good food and great art made for one particularly settled afternoon. Focused around the visuals of black and white imagery, each artist utilized their own interpretation of black and white to share their work with our audience. Congratulations and thanks to Rebekkah Castellanos, Danielle Schnur and Jesse Draxler who we collaborated with for this first show. And a special thank you to everyone who helped make the day happen. Louis XIII and dJ Hemisphere on the tables. Oscar on the tacos. Our greeters Teo and mother. And Hannah, Geoff and Ya for keeping the sangria flowing. Rest assured there will be more to come.
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A collection of photos from our first art show
Berkeley-bred director Colin Tilley is already shooting hip-hop royalty, and he's only getting started
If you didn’t know any better, you might say that the last few years have been exceptionally kind to Colin Tilley. When Max and I meet Colin at his Silverlake pad, he pulls up in the benz, all-black everything with tints, and hops out, greeting us with a grin. Freshly inked, the “skate and destroy” tat across his forearm is still wrapped in plastic. When we take a seat in the living room, Colin takes to breaking down some trees on the coffee table in front of us. Across the room, on the mantelpiece sits Colin’s moon man, a glistening reminder of the VMA he helped win for Justin Bieber’s 2010 smash “U Smile”.
Aside from that, it’s a reminder of just how far he’s come. Over the past few years, Colin’s trajectory is one we’ve been able to watch pretty closely, from humble beginnings with hometown heroes like The Cataracs and Lil’ B to his place now, as one of the industry’s premier, in-demand directors in hip-hop and beyond. A brief glance at the names on his resume reads something like the guest list at an award show afterparty: Wayne, Chris Brown, Wiz, Rozay, even Diddy himself. It’s all the more impressive considering the fact that Colin was celebrating his twenty-fourth birthday just a few weeks ago. And yet in talking with him, he seems comfortable, but not satisfied. When he talks about his work, he talks about immersing himself, about being in the moment, and rarely finding the time to reflect. When he talks about the future, his eyes widen. He’s engaged, ambitious, ready to pursue new ideas, and yet still grounded– by home and family, but also by perspective and a relentless work ethic. A few minutes into our conversation, it becomes pretty clear that the past few years haven’t just been kind to Colin. More accurately, you might say he’s made the most of them.
Dreamy, blurred beauty from Barcelona-based photographer and visual artist Daniel Sesé
Heidegger once wrote about a Van Gogh painting, depicting a pair of shoes, and said something to the effect that Van Gogh, though his depiction wasn’t naturalistic, and didn’t directly resemble the material reality of those shoes, that it had revealed some truth beyond physical reality. It had brought to light something true even as it failed to faithfully, accurately represent exactly what it is we see when we look at those shoes.
Philosophical notions of “truth” aside, I think Daniel Sesé‘s out-of-focus, blurred photography does something similar. They are not, by the most technically conventional of standards, “good” pictures of the objects they capture. And yet, the shots are gorgeous in every way a crystal-clear image is not, and in most cases, they bring something out that couldn’t have been seen otherwise. Aside from the fact that Sese is from Barcelona, and that he’s multitalented, I have to admit I don’t know much about him. But as photographic aesthetics go, I’m not sure I’ve seen anything quite like his. Every edge is blurred, every color is vibrant, and every figure is smudged almost to the point of painted abstraction. Contained in these images is beautiful motion and color, whether he’s capturing the movement of women dancing or a single tree. As strange as it sounds, these images can make you feel like you’re seeing the subjects a little more clearly.
A collection of illustrations capturing the joys of group sex
Surely I’m not the only one who has fantasized about what a true orgy would be like. Really, who knows if and when something like that would ever pop off, although I’m sure if you really look, there’s probably a good couple orgies going down right under your nose. Regardless, I remember my first observation of an orgy on film went down in Summer of Sam (great film by the way). But I can’t lie, those group sex scenes piqued my interest. Perhaps orgies were more acceptable in the ’60s, and ’70s, or perhaps they still go down now… I wouldn’t really know. Nonetheless, orgies also piqued the interest of Norwegian artist Steingrim Veum, enough so that he was compelled to illustrate 22 depictions of orgies in action. Makes you wonder if Steingrim himself has ever partaken, or if this is all just a fantasy…
Timeless images from Cape Town based photographer Henrik Purienne
Photography By Henrik Purienne
From the outside, the sixties and seventies seemed like a marvelous time. The love, the sex, the freedom of expression– for those that lived it, there will probably never be another time like it. For those who came after, our attempts to capture that feeling will, by and large, remain futile; although there are the rare exceptions.
Sharing his time between Cape Town and Paris, fashion photographer and filmmaker Henrik Purienne lives a life of unapologetic hedonism. “What is an average day like for Henrik Purienne?” an interviewer once asked. “I wouldn’t know,” The photographer replied, “I’ve never had an average day.”
Photography by Roloff Beny
Canadian photographer Roloff Beny is often described as having “obsessed with the beauty of the world”. Reading the words he wrote about India, or even a glance at the images he brought back from a handful of adventures there confirms that pretty convincingly. Aside from the beauty he found in the visual world, Beny was also famous for his illustrious lifestyle: friends in high places, storied parties and a lavish penthouse in Rome all seem to surface often when Beny’s life is being discussed.
Most importantly, Beny was a world traveler, and India is one of a number of his works which could effectively be described as a love letter to the place it documents. One of the most impressive examples of his eye for color, scenery and natural beauty, India finds Beny exploring a place with no shortage of gorgeous landscapes, architecture, and rich culture. In some ways, these images read like an idyllic Westerner’s portrait, an aesthetically idealized version of a complex place– and you could definitely make the case. Either way though, they’re pretty spectacular shots.
California's desert dreamland, as photographed by Rebekkah Castellanos
As far as California’s natural wonders go, Joshua Tree ranks pretty high on my list. Even apart from the shroom-trip mythology surrounding it, there’s an indescribable energy that permeates that stretch of desert. Almost everything about it is awe-inspiring. There are colossal, hundred million year-old rock formations and night sky that’s crispy and clear enough to make L.A.’s panoramic canopy of smog feel as ridiculous and claustrophobic as it really is.
Suffice to say, Joshua Tree is a special place, and when our good friend Rebekkah Castellanos told us she’d made a photographic pilgrimage there a few weeks ago, I was more than confident she’d come back with some gorgeous shots. With the help of her Contax T2 and 35mm film, Rebekkah manages to capture the natural beauty that is Joshua Tree, with a set of images that feel just as expansive and easy to get lost in. More from her soon. For now, vibe on these.