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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Flyer on the Wall

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Headline Trip

  • Brüno queens out as a royal guard for his London premiere. [Daily Mail]
  • Sophia Kokosolaki shifts gears at Diesel. [Vogue UK]
  • Suzy Menkes goes Black and may never come back. [IHT]
  • Kenzo enjoys the upside of downsizing his personal art collection. [Washington Examiner]
  • Get more Bang for your BUTT at the fagazine's pre-Pride concert on June 19, followed by video screenings at ASS.

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    Saturday, April 18, 2009

    Piece of ASS

    What's happening at Terence Koh's ASS? In one sense, there's no telling. But at his ASS (Asia Song Society) gallery last night, he presented Fuck Friends (through May 15), works on paper, paintings and video by artist Leo Fitzpatrick. While mostly a solo show, living up to the title was a smattering of collaborations with artist friends Rita Ackermann, Lizzi Bougatsos, Dan Colen, Andrew Kuo, Nate Lowman, Adam McEwen, Neckface, Dash Snow and Spencer Sweeney. Now, we don't know which friends are fucking (actually we do), nor do we advise doing that, but here's an assortment of the motley crew who came to the opening...

    Nate Lowman & Mary-Kate Olsen (they're dating, in case you didn't know)

    Larry Clark, Leo Fitzpatrick & Terence Koh

    Rogan Gregory, artwork

    Paz de la Huerta

    —photos Caroline Torem-Craig

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    Saturday, February 14, 2009

    We're With the Bland

    By Franklin Melendez...

    What is Bland? According to the press release, it's a “fantastic experiment in modification and restraint that reveals a dynamic meta-aesthetic that is only desirable via adjective-heavy tropes, run-on sentences and compounded German vocabulary.” We might translate this semi-serious, semiotic code by saying Bland is one of those amorphous fashion-art hybrids with an enviably cool following from the moment of inception, which makes its actual content seem almost negligible.

    The brainchild of Teddy, longstanding charter member of the Deitch Projects tribe, the line debuted last year at the Wooster space with a another art-heavy presentation involving mannequins, an all-black palette and conceptual pantomime-dance. The line offered some cleverly tailored jumpsuits and beautifully draped tops—a promising first presentation that took a turn to the macabre this time, maybe as an homage to its host Terrence Koh and his gallery space, ASS (Asia Song Society).

    Returning to the mannequin theme, the result this season was less mime convention, more lost reels from Silence of the Lambs. It played out like the fashion-week fantasy of Jame Gumb, aka Buffalo Bill, replete with studding, corsetry, rivets and hardware. The effect was brought to full-force when descending into the cavernous basement of ASS, which, needless to say, has witnessed its share of debauchery.

    When asked about how the collaboration came about, Terence and Teddy were a bit at a loss. Teddy: “Well, it just…happened. Suddenly we thought we’d be here.” Terence: “It sort of...just happened…and then we were making vanilla milkshakes.” Fair enough.

    Of course, all the cerebral gloom and doom was no match for the revelers, who included Deitch Projects director Kathy Grayson, artist Aurel Smidt and most of the cast of Butt. It made for a good thumping party, which the city quickly took note of, sending over a fire inspector before the night was over.

    photos Maz Redpath

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    Thursday, December 18, 2008

    Hint Tip: Terence Koh

    Should you find wandering around the bowels of the LES with nothing to do and nowhere to go, head over to ASS, Terence Koh's cheekily named gallery at 45 Canal Street, where he's installed "Winter Landscape," a riff on German Romantic landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich's "Winter Landscape with Church." Here's what Terence has to say: "There is nothing to this installation except that we have taken out the religious things in the painting and just done a joyful winter landscape." Interpret that as you wish. The launch party is Friday, December 19 at 6:00 pm, and the installation remains open 24/7 through January. We're not sure how exactly they can do that, but there you are...

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    Saturday, November 1, 2008

    Hint Tip: Asia Song Society

    Here's a surprise you actually want on Election Day. Shanghai artist Xu Han Wei will unveil a new large-scale work, a sculpture called HISTORY, on November 4 at ASS, Terence Koh's cheeky acronym for his Asia Song Society gallery. This is the first time Xu Han Wei will show in the States, but the gallery is tight-lipped about any other details, saying an English translation from Chinese wouldn't be appropriate. But since we're talking ASS, we assume it'll have some kind of punk, queer or porn theme—or all three.

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